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Crime: Computers

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) investigations, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions were made for offences related to phishing attacks in each of the last three years; (306540)

(2) how many (a) investigations, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions were made for offences related to spamming in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement;

(3) how many (a) investigations, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions there were for offences involving the deceptive installation of adware on to computer systems in each of the last three years.

Information on the number of investigations undertaken by the police is not collected centrally. The Home Office do collect data on the number of offences that are recorded by the police.

Phishing attacks, spamming and deceptive installation of adware are general terms. Specific offences, as defined in law, would be classified under the appropriate section of Computer Misuse Act 1990 dependent upon the circumstances of the individual offences. Such offences would then be recorded under Home Office classification 53B ‘Preserved other fraud and repealed fraud offences (Pre Fraud Act 2006)’. Offences recorded under individual sections of the Computer Misuse Act cannot be separately identified from the other offences recorded within this offence classification.

Prosecutions and convictions data are collected by the Ministry of Justice and are also related to offences as defined by legislation.