Commission seeks victims of IT fraud

Daniel Thomas

Daniel Thomas

The Audit Commission is in the process of collecting information for its triennial survey on IT crime, and is interested in hearing from victims of computer fraud and abuse.

The commission is sending report forms to the heads of finance at 5,000 public and private organisations. The deadline for responses is the end of this month. Organisations can also report incidents in confidence by telephone. The survey results will be published early in 2001.

The commission defines fraud and abuse as "hacking, viruses, sabotage, theft of data and software, use of unlicensed software, misuse of personal data, inappropriate use of IT and unauthorised private work".

The last survey revealed that virus infections are the single most prevalent form of abuse, that hacking is on the increase and that managers are responsible for 28% of fraud. It also showed that more than half of the incidents reported were discovered by accident.

If you have any information that should be included in the Audit Commission's report call 0117-923 6757) or e-mail

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