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February-April 2021

Cyber crime victims in the Netherlands not reporting offences

Only one in seven victims of cyber crime in the Netherlands reports it to the police, according to research which also revealed dissatisfaction among those that do report such incidents. The research was conducted by The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Dutch cyber security centre the NCSC and Erasmus University on behalf of the Police and Science research programme. Cyber attacks on IT systems, such as malware, ransomware, hacking and distributed denial of service (DDoS), in particular, are rarely reported, the research showed. “What was striking about the study is that there were quite big differences between what people said they would do if they were victims and what they actually did when this was the case,” said Rutger Leukfeldt, project leader for the study. A so-called vignette study, in which imaginary situations were presented to respondents, examined how they would react if they became victims of online crime. “Two-thirds said they would report it, but in the end, only one in seven victims actually appear to go ...

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