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66 Pct of Online Indians are Victims of Cybercrime: Report

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Bangalore: The past twelve months, India has lost a massive amount of over $8 billion, being victimized to cybercrimes, reports Norton Cybercrime. The report also spoke on over 42 million people being offended last year.

The study was mainly based on the evolution of technology and how the evolution creates insecurities among people. The survey was conducted on more than 13,000 adults across 24 countries.

According to the Norton Cybercrime report 2012, 66 percent of Indians who surf the web constantly have been victims of cybercrime at least once in their lifetime. The report clearly stated that in the past 12 months, India has seen over 56 percent of adults facing the wrath of cybercrime. This means that the average financial cost per victim is $192, which is 18 percent more than the previous year.

“Cybercriminals are changing their tactics to target fast growing mobile platforms and social networks where consumers are less aware of security risks,” says Effendy Ibrahim, Internet Safety Advocate and Director, Asia for Norton by Symantec. “This mirrors what we saw in this year’s Symantec Internet Security Threat Report which reported nearly twice the mobile vulnerabilities in 2011 from the year before.”

The report also shed light on some interesting facts like, the global victimization rate is 18 adults per second, which results in more than one and a half million victims a day. With an estimated average loss of $197 per victim, the global financial cost in the past 12 months was over $556 million.

The Indian scenario is also a bit skeptical, as 32 percent adults has been victimized via mobiles, while 51 percent of social network users have been sufferers of unethical crimes. 


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