More police resources have been called for after it was revealed that only 299 hackers have been charged under the UK's computer crime law over the past four years.


Mike Warriner, technology specialist at technology and corporate law firm White & Black, claimed that one reason for this number being so low is because businesses are not reporting their security breaches as often as they should.


Warriner said: “The DTI Information Security Breaches Survey shows that 96 per cent of large companies suffered a security incident last year, many of which could be internal data breaches. For example, a disgruntled employee who has been made redundant or sacked could still have sufficient access to his former employers' network to enable him/her to download and use customer data for malicious intent.


“This internal breach could have an explosive impact on the company concerned once the crime is reported. The investigation into how customer data was mishandled, lost or stolen by an employee or ex-employee may highlight a lack of security in the first instance and could lead to an external investigation. Most critically, these investigations can prove more punitive for the business than the criminal.”


He also claimed that companies may not realise the holes that exist in their existing security policies, and should seek legal counsel from those who have expertise within the IT security area to ensure that all areas of compliance are met by appropriate security solutions and policies, in the first instance.