German Police: 2022 Cyber Crime Down 6.5 Percent. Germany is wary of cyberattacks and crime after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The German Federal Police said cybercrime in the country fell by 6.5 percent. This is an important change after the sharp increase in the previous year. However, the police said the quality of the crimes was worse. German authorities have been on high alert for cyberattacks and crime following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Germany recorded 136,865 incidents last year, down from 146,363 in 2021 which was up more than 12 percent from 2020.
Sounds like a relief, but it’s not actually said the vice president
of the German BKA federal police Martina Link Wednesday (16/8/2023). He said most of last year’s cyberattacks reached a more critical phase early in the process. This means that the quality of crime has increased even though the number has decreased. Cybercrime is a growing problem in Germany. In 2021, the German government reported that cybercrime had cost the country more than 60 billion euros. This number is expected to increase in the coming years as more people and businesses rely on the internet. Some of the most common cyber crimes in Germany include phishing, ransomware, data breaches and online fraud.
Phishing is a type of fraud in which criminals send emails or text messages that appear to be from a legitimate source
such as a bank or government agency. These emails or text messages often contain links which when clicked take the victim to a fake website that appears to be the real website.
Once victims enter their personal information on the fake website criminals can steal it. While ransomware, criminals use a type of malware that encrypts victims documents and demands a ransom payment to unlock them again.
Ransomware attacks have become increasingly common in Germany in recent years. Data breaches occur when criminals gain unauthorized access to a company or organization’s computer systems.
Once they have access they can steal sensitive data, such as a customer s credit card number or an employee’s Social Security number. While online fraud is a broad term that includes various kinds of fraud such as fake online shopping sites fake investment schemes, and all forms of fraud on the internet.