A total of 556 million adults are reported to have fallen victim to malware, phishing or similar virtual crimes. The report claims that there are 1.5 million victims of cybercrime each day, or about 18 per second. The security specialist’s report also states that two-thirds of internet users have been caught out by cybercriminals at some point in their lives, and almost half (46%) were victims during the period covered by the report. The results reveal that many of those affected are victims of their own carelessness. Around 40% of people don’t use complex passwords or don’t change their passwords regularly.
Losses within the EU are reported to amount to $16 billion (over £10 billion). China emerges as the country whose citizens have suffered the greatest financial loss – $46 billion (nearly £29 billion) – while Russia has the largest number of victims, with 92% of users surveyed in the country having experienced problems with cybercrime. The report surveyed more than 13,000 online adults aged 18-64 in 24 different countries.