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Cyber crime cost South West businesses £6m in 2017

Carys Edwards

Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

Cyber crime cost small businesses in the South West about £6m last year.

Figures from the police's South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit revealed that in 2017 there were about 4,000 cyber attacks.

Meanwhile, a recent YouGov survey for Barclays found that 44% of all small businesses in the UK had been targeted by fraudsters; with one in four of those becoming victims, facing an average loss of about £35,000.

Firms are being urged to ramp up security to protect themselves from online fraudsters.

The South West Business Council is launching a campaign to fight back against hackers, and prevent emotional and financial costs for businesses.

Adam Fox-Edwards, who runs the Arundell Arms in Lifton, Devon, said he was left unable to take bookings or food orders after an incident...