A new survey carried out in Great Britain has revealed that 8% of the 63 million UK residents have lost money to cybercrime within the past year. In addition to this, over 9 million British adults have reported having their online accounts hacked in the past.
The research, conducted by cyber security experts at the University of Kent, found that the most likely group to be targeted in the rise of cybercrime was persons aged between 18 and 24. Of the persons surveyed, over one quarter of 18 to 24 year olds reported being victims of at least one hacking attack. Conversely, persons aged 55 to 64 were least likely to be targeted by hackers, with only 11.4% reporting being victims of cybercrime. Researchers speculate that this is because their decreased online activity and fewer online accounts may make online security easier.
Whilst 92% of surveyed British internet users thankfully said they had never lost any money to cybercriminals, 2.3% reported losing over £10,000 ($15,580) to hackers in past security breaches. A worrying figure considering the UK government’s 2011 survey that the economy suffered from massive losses to cybercrime every year, with total losses amounting to a jaw-dropping £27 billion ($42 billion) in just a year.