Cybercrime is Rampant Around the World, Says Symantec Study

A new study by security vendor Symantec reports that Internet crime has grown into a widespread problem globally. It also provides intriguing insights into consumers’ lax attitudes toward online piracy, plagiarism, and other illegally or unethical activities.Some 7000 adults in 14 nations participated in the Norton Cybercrime Report: The Human Impact, which was released Wednesday. see:Symantec: Most hacking victims blame themselves [IDG]
Just under two-thirds of all Internet users have been hit by some sort of cybercrime, and while most of them are angry about it, a surprisingly large percentage feel guilt too, according to a survey commissioned by Symantec.In a cybercrime survey of just over 7,000 Internet users in 14 countries, researchers found that 65 percent of Internet users worldwide have already been victims. In the U.S., it’s 73 percent, but things are worse in China (83 percent), Brazil (76 percent) and India (also 76 percent). of NZ adults hit by online crime
Seventy per cent of New Zealand adults have been the victim of online crimes ranging from identity theft to having their computer infected with a virus, a survey has revealed. Offers Free Information Risk Assessment Tool for New Zealand and Australian Businesses [news release]
… Threats to information security can have a significant impact on businesses. According to Symantec’s SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey, Asia Pacific and Japan, September 2009: the average cost of downtime is $15,000 in New Zealand and $30,000 in Australia per incident. This covers productivity, lost sales and replacement equipment. Incidents result in downtime of at least eight hours for 40 percent of all businesses; In the last 12 months, New Zealand and Australian businesses have experienced power outages (79 percent); natural disasters, such as fire, flood and storm (70 percent); a virus or hacker attack (67 percent); employees accidentally deleting information (65 percent); and computer system failure (63 percent).

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