Cybercrime, Drug Dealing And Made Up Statistics
from the say-what-now? dept
A few weeks ago, there was a story making the rounds that plenty of people were talking about. The headline was just too good for many to pass up: Cybercrime pays off more than drug trafficking. Of course reading through the article you realize that the "security expert" who made the statement didn't seem to give any proof to back up the statement, and now lots of people are questioning the claim, saying that no matter how you do the math, it doesn't seem to add up. Of course, part of the problem is that it's pretty difficult to add up the numbers in any realistic way. However, how likely is it that for years now we'll see the phrase "cybercrime is bigger than drug dealing" quoted as fact by lazy reporters (and people pitching security companies)?