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63% Of Americans, 70% Of Millennials Are Cybercrime Victims

Norton's newest report claims 70% of the 18-34 year-old Internet users they spoke with have been victims of online fraud.

Security firm Norton released its annual report (PowerPoint) yesterday, and it has a doozy of a stat: 63% of Americans have fallen victim to what parent company Symantec calls "cybercrime" in their lifetimes, and that number rises to 70% for millennials.

In Norton parlance, millennials are 18-34-year-old Internet users. As might be expected, Norton/Symantec uses a wide-brush approach to denote cybercrime. The company's methodology includes everything from virus-infected computers to credit card fraud to hacked email accounts, alongside the more standard phishing attacks and online scams.

While it's important to note that Norton's study isn't perfect—they surveyed only 1,000 U.S. Internet users and the survey was conducted by Edelman Berland, the polling arm of the global public relations giant (presumably to sell more security software)—the gist of these stats dovetails with common sense: As the Internet becomes an ingrained part of daily life, it's only natural for crime and fraud to take place online more often. So think before you click.

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  • Alan Proctor

    This is ridiculous. Last time I checked "crime" was defined as a loss of something valuable ($ or life) forced upon another without their consent. People forget their email passwords WAY more often than they are compromised and although certainly inconvenient, no financial loss or death occurs. Symantec has real data through their global security operations center that provides actual trending incidence of threats. THAT is what they should be doing studies from.
    Through that study, surveys from businesses and individuals that estimate annual losses to defined assets from likely (frequent) threats to determine risks could be completed. THEN determine what controls are necessary for mitigation. Never spend a dollar to protect a dime...