Three in 4 Americans Hit By Cyber Crime

According to Norton study, two-thirds of all web surfers are victims
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2010 9:22 AM CDT
Most of America has been hit with some form of online crime, according to a new survey.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A whopping 65% of all web surfers and 73% of Americans have been the victim of online crime, according to a new survey from Symantec—the company behind Norton Anti-Virus. That makes the US the fourth-most victimized country in the world, behind China (83%) and India and Brazil (each 76%), ComputerWorld reports. “What we were really surprised by was how common it was that people are being victimized,” says Norton’s Internet safety advocate.

Norton surveyed 7,000 adults in 14 countries to arrive at its findings. If the numbers seem a smidge high, it’s worth noting that 51% of victims were simply hit with a virus or malware, according to CNET. The rest of victims reported crimes like phishing, online scams, credit card fraud or sexual predation. About 44% reported their crime to police.

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