Study: Cybercrime hits two-thirds Internet users

Norton SymantecA new study from Internet security giant Symantec shows cybercrime affects everyone everywhere, and US Internet users are particularly vulnerable. Almost three-quarters of US Internet users are cybercrime victims, and the US ranks third on the list of countries attacked the most. When looked at globally, the number is still eye-opening, affecting about two-thirds of Internet users. Cybercrime includes computer viruses, online credit card fraud, and identity theft.

The 2011 Norton Cybercrime Report: The Human Impact examined victims’ emotional aftermath to understand user behavior. The only survey asked 7,066 adults aged 18 and over in 14 different countries how they felt about cybercrime. Researchers were interested in seeing what users are doing  to protect themselves before and after the attack. The aftermath is particularly of interest to see how users adjust their behavior to prevent a recurrence.

A majority of cybervictims, at 58 percent, reported feeling angry after being attacked. Other strong feelings include being annoyed and cheated. Like many other crimes, these victims tend to blame themselves for being attacked. An overwhelming majority of them feel helpless and don’t expect the criminals to get caught. This often meant they didn’t report the crime, warn friends and family, or do anything about it. Users reported the time it took to resolve the issue as the biggest hassle, followed by dealing with feelings of helplessness, embarrassment, and stress. According to the report, it takes an average of 28 days to resolve the crime.

At least half of the users reported being a victim, which included viruses and malware, responding to online scams and phishing messages, getting their social networking profile hacked, harassed by sexual predators, identity theft, and credit card fraud. Even so, only 44 percent reported the crime to the police, and usually only when there was an actual financial loss or threat of physical harm.

According to the study, despite the fact that only nine percent of the users feel very safe online, only 55 percent of the users considered cybercrime a potential threat. They are also distressingly honest about their personal information, financial status, and contact details. Users don’t realize their behavior is opening themselves up to security threats, such as downloading music and movies or secretly viewing someone else’s emails. Scarily, only half the respondents said they would change their behavior if they were ever a victim.

Users are trying to be a little bit more careful, regularly reviewing credit card statements and using different passwords for sites, and using security software. They just need to be more proactive about safety, since the next attack may just be a click away.


Federal jury convicts malware creators of hijacking 400,000 computers

Two Romanian men have been convicted by a federal jury for using malware to hijack 400,000 computers in order to steal credit card information, engage in cryptomining, and commit online auction fraud, among a number of other crimes.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.

How to share your best gaming moments with friends on the PS4

Check out Digital Trends' quick guide to everything you need to know to save your outstanding PlayStation 4 gameplay moments, share them online, and transfer them to your computer.

Here’s how to set up a virtual private network (VPN) on your Xbox One

Online privacy is more important now than it's ever been, and gaming is happening online more than ever before. Here's a quick guide on how to set up a VPN for your Xbox One so you game in safe anonymity.

Kick off your streaming career with our complete guide to Twitch broadcasting

Streaming games on Twitch for the first time can be daunting to say the least, but with a few simple steps, it's remarkably easy to do. Here's how to do so using a PC, Mac, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4 console.

Google Chrome will get a Reader Mode for distraction-free desktop browsing

If Google's testing of Reader Mode on the Chrome Canary desktop browser is successful, soon all Chrome users will gain access to this feature. Reader Mode strips away irrelevant content on a webpage for distraction-free browsing.

Former student uses USB Killer device to fry $58,000 worth of college’s PCs

A former student used a USB Killer device to short circuit more than $58,000 of computers at a private New York college earlier this year. The student pled guilty to the charges and sentencing is scheduled to begin in August.

AMD Ryzen CPU prices get slashed ahead of Ryzen 3000 release

AMD's Ryzen CPUs have had their prices slashed as we edge towards the release of their third generation. Whether you're a gamer or someone who needs multi-threaded performance, there's a deal for everyone with some heavy discounts to take…

The number pad on HP’s Chromebook 15 makes spreadsheet work a breeze

HP's Chromebook 15 comes with a 15.6-inch display, a metal keyboard deck with full-size keys, and a dedicated number pad, making it the second Chromebook model, following Acer's Chromebook 715, to be suited for spreadsheet work.

Worried about your online privacy? We tested the best VPN services

Browsing the web can be less secure than most users would hope. If that concerns you, a virtual private network — aka a VPN — is a decent solution. Check out a few of the best VPN services on the market.

Gaming on a laptop has never been better. These are your best options

Gaming desktops are powerful, but they tie you down to your desk. For those of us who prefer a more mobile experience, here are the best gaming laptops on the market, ranging from budget machines to maxed-out, wallet-emptying PCs.

Here's how you can download the best free music players for your Mac

Tired of your Mac's default music player? Take a look at our picks for the best free music players available for your Apple rig. Whether you're a casual listener or an audiophile, you're sure to find something that fits your needs here.

Want to make calls across the internet for less? Try these great VOIP services

Voice over IP services are getting more and more popular, but there are still a few that stand above the pack. In this guide, we'll give you a few options for the best VOIP services for home and business users.

Transform into the ultimate leader with our tips and tricks for Civilization 6

Civilization VI offers both series veterans and total newcomers a lot to chew on from the get-go. Here are some essential starting tips to help you master the game's many intricacies.