POLITICS

Most cybercrimes involve fraud, says new Statistics Canada report

09/25/2014 11:27 EDT | Updated 11/25/2014 05:59 EST
OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says police reported 9,084 incidents of cybercrime in 2012, more than half of which involved fraud.

The agency says very few online fraudsters were identified by police.

About 20 per cent of cybercrimes involved threats, with suspects identified in 55 per cent of the cases.

About 16 per cent of reported cybercrimes, or 1,441 incidents, involved sexual matters, including luring and child porn.

Police identified suspects in 31 per cent of cyber-related sexual violations and laid charges in 25 per cent of the incidents.

Overall, there were 33 cybercrimes reported for every 100,000 in the population.