Internet security experts have dismissed a cybercrime report released by a UK government office as act of sales promotion.
The report, which was released by the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance (Oscia), was created by research firm Detica, a company which is owned by BAE Systems.
BAE Systems offers intelligence analytics aid to the UK government and cyber security solutions to public and private sector companies.
According to professor Peter Sommer of the London School of Economics (LSE), the report is sadly an 'unfortunate item of British Aerospace puffery'.
“The report is full of fake precision, with elaborate charts claiming to show the relative costs of IP theft and industrial espionage per industry sector. But we have no means of measuring either in terms of events and no agreement about what to include in losses — how do you calculate a lost business opportunity?,” he told ZD Net.
In an interview with ComputerWeekly Mr Sommer went even further to cast doubts on the authors' integrity, “the whole report has been orientated to areas in which BAE can offer its facilities and services.”
He added, “it seems rather unfortunate that OCSIA, who have to make important and careful decisions about spending taxpayers’ money, should ally themselves to a sales promotion exercise by a BAE subsidiary.”