Cyber Crime

Home Department written question – answered on 15th November 2004.

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Photo of Mr David Stewart Mr David Stewart PPS (Rt Hon Alistair Darling, Secretary of State), Department for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cyber criminals have been prosecuted in the past five years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office

The available information, taken from the Home Office Court Proceedings Database, relates to England and Wales for the years 1998 to 2002 and is shown in the table. It covers defendants proceeded against under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

It is not possible, from the data held centrally, to identify any other offences that may be connected with internet or computer crime, because the circumstances of any such offences are not collected.

Statistics on court proceedings for 2003 will be published on the 18 November.

Number of defendants proceeded against at the magistrates courts for offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990, England and Wales 1998 to 2002 1
Offence description Statute 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Unauthorised access to computer material Computer Misuse Act 1990, Sec.1 6 6 8 9 4
Unauthorised access with intent to commit or

facilitate commission of further offences

Computer Misuse Act 1990, Sec.2 6 3 3 4 6
Unauthorised modification of computer material Computer Misuse Act 1990, Sec.3 4 4 8 12 8
Total 16 13 19 25 18

(52) These data are on the principal offence basis

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