Friday, January 27, 2006

Cybercrime more likely than physical crime

A survey of U.S. adults revealed that three times the number of respondents said they were more likely to be victimized in an online attack such as phishing or virus outbreaks than a physical crime.

Twenty six percent of respondents said they think they will be a victim of a virtual crime in the next 12 months, compared with just 8 percent who think that a physical crime is more likely, according to the survey of almost 700 people, which was sponsored by IBM.

The fear of online crime may already be affecting the behavior of adults. Thirty seven percent of those responding to the survey said they don't provide credit card information in online transactions. A similar number said they don't bank online and half said they refuse to use shared wireless networks, such as those in coffee shops and airports.

CATEGORIES : 1cybercrime, 1trends, 1user
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