HomesecurityPhishing / email hacks: The most commonly reported scams in the US and the UK

Phishing / email hacks: The most commonly reported scams in the US and the UK

According to security researchers, the Phishing attacks and social media /e-mail hacks are the most commonly reported attacks in the US and the UK, Respectively.

This is the conclusion reached by report "The Great Cyber ​​Surrender", Created from the results of a survey of 2.000 people in the United Kingdom and the United States. The report examines cybercrime and its impact.

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Phishing / email hacks: The most commonly reported scams in the US and the UK

The research stated, among other things, that one in three Britons worries about phishing scamsWhile only one in five Americans has the same concern. The ransomware employ a third of Britons and Americans and the theft financial data worries one fifth of the population of the United Kingdom and the United States.

According to the report, cyber attacks have and psychological effects on victims (beyond financial). 75% of the victims reported high rates anxiety. Other mental effects are φόβος (52%), h shame (51%), c anger (48%) and h isolation (43%).

More than half (57%) are British do not find it useful to report cyber attacks to their government and only 21% state that the legal system does a good job of protecting citizens from cyber fraud.

Phishing / email hacks: The most commonly reported scams in the US and the UK

On the other hand, 55% of Americans believe that their legal system adequately protects them from online scams, but 37% does not find it useful to report crimes to the government.

""Although cybercrime is a very big issue, most people do not know how to protect their digital identities, which ultimately have a huge impact on their real life."said Scarlet Jeffers, an executive at Clario (the company that did the research).

"It is clear that Both the US and UK governments are not doing enough to implement consumer protection policies and people have lost faith in these institutions".

Researchers have noticed some differences in people's attitudes towards safety, depending on their age.

Phishing / email hacks: The most commonly reported scams in the US and the UK

"A false sense of security was more evident between the ages of 18 and 25, with 50% believing that they were not important enough or vulnerable enough to attacks from hackers", Said the researchers.

In contrast, participants aged 65 and over did not often have this belief. Only 15% agreed with the statement "I am not vulnerable enough" and 22% with "I am not important enough to be targeted" hackers".

Source: Infosecurity Magazine

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