42 Millions Indians Hit By Cyber Crime In Past 1 Year : Norton Cybercrime Report

More than 42 million Indians were hit by online criminal activity in the last 12 several weeks, with a total of $8 billion dollars recorded in immediate economical losses, according to the findings of the latest edition of the annual Norton Cybercrime Review. The study, which is aimed at understanding how online criminal activity affects customers, and how the adoption and evolution of new technologies impacts people’s protection, has found that the immediate costs associated with global consumer online criminal activity over previous times a season stands at an astounding $110 billion dollars.

According to the report, 66 % of Indian online grownups have been a sufferer of online criminal activity in their lifetime. In previous times 12 several weeks, 56 % of online grownups in Indian have experienced online criminal activity (more than 115,000 affected individuals of online criminal activity every day, 80 affected individuals per minute and more than 1 per second), and the average immediate economical cost per sufferer is $192 - up 18 % over 2011 ($163).

This season's survey shows an increase in “new” forms of online criminal activity compared to last season, such as online community hacking or online criminal activity targeted at cellular phone devices - a sign that online thieves are starting to focus their efforts on these popular systems.

In Indian, one in three online grownups (32 percent) has been a sufferer of either public or cellular online criminal activity in the last 12 several weeks, and 51 % of online community customers have been affected individuals of public online criminal activity.

22 % of online community customers revealed someone had hacked into their profile and pretended to be them, while 15 % of online community customers said they had fallen sufferer to a scam or fake weblink on online community systems. Although 83 % believe that online thieves are setting their sights on public networking sites, only around 50 percent (57 percent) actually use a protection solution that protects them from online community threats. Only 44 % use privacy settings to control what details they share, and with whom.

Nearly 50 percent (44 percent) of cellular customers received a word from someone they didn’t know requesting that they click on an embedded weblink or dial an unknown number to retrieve a “voicemail”.

“Cyber thieves are modifying their tactics to target fast-growing cellular systems and public networking sites where customers are less aware of protection risks,” said Effendy Ibrahim, Internet Safety Advocate and Director – Asia, for Norton by Symantec. “This mirrors what we saw in this season's Symantec Internet Security Threat Review, which revealed nearly twice the cellular vulnerabilities this season from the season before.”

Passwords are the key to protecting yourself from online attacks and Norton has stressed on this fact in its report. According to the report, more than 50 percent (64 percent) of online grownups in Indian admitted to having been notified to change their protection account details for compromised e-mail records. With people sending, receiving, and storing everything from individual photos (47 percent), work-related correspondence and documents (44 percent), to bank statements (33 percent) and protection account details for other records (23 percent), e-mail records can be a potential gateway for thieves looking for individual and corporate details.

“Personal e-mail options often contain the keys to your online kingdom. Not only can thieves get access to everything in your inbox, they can also reset your protection account details for any other website you may use by clicking the “forgot your password" weblink, intercepting those emails and effectively locking you out of your own records,” said Ibrahim. “Protect your e-mail accordingly by using complex protection account details and modifying them regularly.”
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