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Symantec: Two-thirds of web surfers fall victim to cybercrime

Posted on Wednesday, September 08 2010 @ 16:02:37 CEST by

Symantec's latest Norton Cybercrime Report claims two-thirds of Internet users globally have been victims of online crime. With 51 percent viruses and malware are the most common types of online attacks, followed by 10 percent hit by online scams, 9 percent by phishing and 7 percent each for online credit card fraud, sexual predation and social network profile hacking. Resolving an online crime takes an average of 28 days and costs on average $334, and one-third of respondents said they never fully resolved the matter.
The top countries as far as reported victims are China, Brazil and India tied for second, and then the U.S., according to the findings of the study, titled "Norton Cybercrime Report: The Human Impact." More than 7,000 adults in 14 countries were interviewed for the study.

While one-quarter of respondents said they expect to be victimized by online crime, only half said they would change their behavior if they became a victim. Of those who have been victimized, 44 percent reported the crime to the police.
The graph below shows the average amount of time spent to resolve an online crime and the average cost. Oddly enough, users in the US seem to lose relatively little money, while Brazilian and Chinese victims tend to lose much more significant sums to cybercrooks.

More info at CNET.



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