An influential committee of MPs has called for more robust action from the government to prevent UK citizens falling victim to online crime.
The newly published Malware and Cyber Crime report from the Science and Technology Committee criticised the government's Cyber Security Strategy, published last year, for doing too little to protect "everyday internet users".
"Those using the internet need to be aware of the potential risk and have a trusted source of authoritative advice and up to date information about malware and internet scams," the report concluded.
While the government-backed Get Safe Online site provided valuable assistance for the public, too few people knew about it, the MPs warned.
The report also called for the establishment of a one-stop-shop for victims of cyber crime, which could be used to report crimes and provide assistance in dealing with the aftermath.
Such as system would have the added benefit of helping law enforcers to establish a more accurate picture of the extent of cyber crime, said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.
"This could start with better training of the police force as to how cyber crime works, to make many computer users more comfortable in reporting cyber crime to their local police," he said.
Some estimates have put the cost of cyber crime to the global economy as high as $338bn a year, although such figures are highly contentious.
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