While 2009 was a terrible year for a lot of businesses, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) claims American cybercriminals did really well. The company estimates Internet criminals doubled their earnings to $560 million over the year.
IC3 says it had 336,655 complaints over the year, 22 percent up on the year before. Advanced fee scams using the FBI name were the most common, followed by non-delivery or merchandise or payment.
"The figures contained in this report indicate that criminals are continuing to take full advantage of the anonymity afforded them by the internet," says director of the National White Collar Crime Center Donald Brackman.