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REVEALED: The UK’s data breach capital

The cybercrime industry is worth over $1.5 trillion[1] with a scary 85% of organisations reporting phishing and social engineering attacks[1] every year.

From fake emails to bank fraud, cybercrime is growing both in intelligence and quantity of crimes.

With cybercrime increasing, a new interactive map by Fasthosts.co.uk has revealed the areas of the UK which fall victim to cybercrime the most often, along with the percentage increase over the last three years.

Whether it’s the businesses operating in that area, or the case that’s it’s just a hotbed of criminal activity, see where your region ranks in the table below.

Cambridgeshire revealed as the data breach capital of England 

Located to the East of England, Cambridgeshire proudly boasts a wealth of history and iconic countryside views. What it may be less proud of however, is that fact that it gained top spot as the cybercrime capital of England, with cybercrime increasing by 49% over the last three years.

Coming second in the unfortunate rankings is North Wales, seeing a 47% increase over the last three years.

The top 20 areas for cybercrime can be seen below:

Rank Area No. offences No. offences No. offences Avg. cases Change in cyber crime
2016 2017 2018 per year 2016-2018
1 Cambridgeshire 2,789 4,004 4,155 3,649 49%
2 North Wales 2,126 2,776 3,133 2,678 47%
3 Cumbria 1,478 1,790 2,064 1,777 40%
4 Thames Valley 9,490 11,136 13,070 11,232 38%
5 Norfolk 3,313 3,781 4,284 3,733 37%
6 Nottinghamshire 3,928 4,716 5,297 4,647 35%
7 Suffolk 2,486 2,985 3,294 2,918 33%
8 Bedfordshire 2,265 2,580 2,973 2,606 31%
9 Leicestershire 3,588 4,138 4,685 4,137 31%
10 North Yorkshire 2,467 2,795 3,187 2,816 29%
11 West Yorkshire 6,777 7,292 8,728 7,599 29%
12 Merseyside 4,048 4,481 5,161 4,563 27%
13 West Midlands 9,009 10,567 11,477 10,351 27%
14 Humberside 2,913 3,278 3,673 3,288 26%
15 Kent 7,440 8,759 9,328 8,512 25%
16 Warwickshire 2,347 2,740 3,906 2,664 24%
17 Greater Manchester 9,473 11,024 11,640 10,712 23%
18 South Yorkshire 3,681 4,256 4,518 4,151 23%
19 Cleveland 1,431 1,614 1,748 1,597 22%
20 Dorset 2,848 3,574 3,463 3,295 22%

The full report can be seen at: https://www.fasthosts.co.uk/data-breach-capital

Michelle Stark, Sales and Marketing Director at fasthosts.co.uk comments:

“It’s sad to see cybercrime increasing so rapidly across the UK. With consumers digitally connected with many local and national businesses, staying safe online is critical to protect your bank balance and keep your data secure. We urge all consumers to check the site is secure before they enter any data, and if uncertain, never proceed with inputting details”