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
Three in 4 Americans Hit By Cyber Crime
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.

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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. (Read more cybercrime stories.)

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