According to these statistics, Computer Crimes, running at around on average 18 proceedings a year (which includes "inside jobs", not just "external hackers") would seem to be rarer than Murder, although every internet user in the UK knows different - just look at the spam emials containing computer viruses, illegal pornography, gambling, drugs , bank account "phishing", advance fee 419 fraud etc. etc.
The actual number of convictions a year for Computer Misuse is even less than this, although the conviction rate once proceedings are actually brought is realtively high.
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Mr. David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cyber criminals have been prosecuted in the past five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Paul Goggins: The available information, taken from the Home Office Court Proceedings Database, relates to England and Wales for the years 1998 to 2002 and is shown in the table. It covers defendants proceeded against under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
It is not possible, from the data held centrally, to identify any other offences that may be connected with internet or computer crime, because the circumstances of any such offences are not collected.
Statistics on court proceedings for 2003 will be published on the 18 November.
|Unauthorised access to computer material||Computer Misuse Act 1990, Sec.1||6||6||8||9||4|
|Unauthorised access with intent to commit or|
facilitate commission of further offences
|Computer Misuse Act 1990, Sec.2||6||3||3||4||6|
|Unauthorised modification of computer material||Computer Misuse Act 1990, Sec.3||4||4||8||12||8|
(52) These data are on the principal offence basis"
Although there have been a few foreign nationals who have been prosecuted, there have been no extraditions of foreign "cyber criminals" to the United Kingdom.
This law, which predated the pularity of the World Wide Web, Internet Email, e-commerce, computer viruses or electronic Denial of Service attacks, badly needs to be updated, but, the Government seems to be wasting its legislative resources on other less important things such as banning fox hunting or on totalitarian measures such as the ID Card and National Identity Register.
Incredibly, they are proposing to strengthen the penalties under the Computer Misuse Act, but only for tampering with the ill defined concept of a National Identity Register computer system, which is presumably more important to them than, say, critical national infrastructure computer systems or safety critical sysems e.g. nuclear powwer station control or air traffic control or medical life support etc systems.
It is also unsatisfactory that Computer or Internet related crime statistics are not being collected.
This makes a nonsense of the 15% crime reduction over 3 years target agrred by the Home Office and the Treasury as a condition of the extra public money which has been allocated to the Home Office budget.