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Online Scams - Don’t just click, it could be a trick
  • According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, an astonishing one in five small businesses falls victim to cyber crime each year
  • According to an August 2013 story in PCWorld, of those small businesses whose systems are breached, roughly 60 percent go out of business within six months after the attack
  • According to a 2013 Internal Threat Report from data security provider Symantec, 31 percent of targeted cyber attacks in 2012 were leveled against businesses with fewer than 250 employees. The report further points out that this represents a massive jump from 18 percent in the previous year
  • From 2011 to 2012, the estimated cost of damages due to global consumer cyber crime was at US$110 billion
  • In the U.S. alone, the estimated cost of consumer cybercrime totalled about 21 billion dollars
  • A record 83,803 reports and inquiries from consumers and small businesses were lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission last year. Annual financial loss claims climbed 9 per cent to $93.4 million
  • 86 percent of websites are one well-executed attack away from being compromised, and that the average site contains 56 serious security flaws
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  • 55% of organizations said they have a Web Application Firewall (WAF) in some state of deployment. These organizations experienced 11% more vulnerabilities, resolved them 8% slower, and had a 7% lower remediation rate.
  • The average number of serious vulnerabilities per website continues to decline, going from 79 in 2011 down to 56 in 2012.
  • Of the serious vulnerabilities found, on average 61% were resolved and they took an average of 193 days to get resolved from
  • Companies with 250 employees or less absorbed 18 percent of targeted cyber attacks in 2011, but the figure jumped to 31 percent in 2012
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  • $400 billion worth of domestic intellectual property is lost annually to foreign theft through these cyber attacks.
  • 77 percent of small business owners say their companies are safe from cyber threats, according to a recent survey by Symantec and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). Yet, 83 percent of those companies have no formal cyber security plan
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  • 250,000 new pieces of malicious code are detected every day, designed to steal data and money, or deliver more sinister payloads by attacking infrastructure.
  • Aerospace and defense companies were targets in 17 percent of sophisticated computer attacks during 2012, the most of any industry, according to a report released today by Mandiant Corp. of Alexandria, Virginia. Energy, oil and gas companies were next, with 14 percent of incidents, followed by the financial industry
  • Mobile spam has established a highly visible presence on networks, with 44% of owners indicating that they have received spam on their mobile device, the survey found
  • Device owners who have received mobile spam report the following as the most common types of mobile spam:
    • Messages asking them to call another number (45%)
    • Messages containing a link to another website (42%)
    • Phishing messages encouraging them to disclose of personal information (29%)
    • Messages from a person or entity posing as a trusted contact/source (24%)
  • Identity theft has become more prevalent, with nearly 10 million American victims losing $48 billion in 2008
  • The number of victims rose 22% to a record 9.9 million in 2008 from 8.1 million a year earlier, with about one in 23 U.S. adults becoming victims
  • Women are 26% more likely to be fraud victims than men
  • Fraud rate is highest among people 35 to 44 years old
  • Identity theft has become more prevalent, with nearly 10 million American victims losing $48 billion in 2008
  • The number of victims rose 22% to a record 9.9 million in 2008 from 8.1 million a year earlier, with about one in 23 U.S. adults becoming victims
  • Women are 26% more likely to be fraud victims than men
  • Fraud rate is highest among people 35 to 44 years old
  • Image attachment spam picked up momentum in June 2009, at more than 80 million
  • The most common image attachment in June 2009 was .jpg, followed by .gif and .png
  • Spam messages accounted for slightly below 96% of total mails during June 2009
  • 7.5% of U.S. adults lost out financially as a result of fraud last year
  • The fear of having personal data stolen is causing changes in online behavior; 59% say they have changed their online shopping activity
  • 71% are more cautious about where they shop online
  • 67% are more attentive about providing financial and personal information to websites
  • 28% abandon a purchase if they are redirected to another site on which to enter payment information
  • Over 500 organizations worldwide were phished in the first quarter of 2009, up 14 percent from the fourth quarter of 2008
  • Over 40% of all phishing attacks in Q1 were against payment service providers
  • There were 10,000 phishing attacks financial brands in the first quarter of 2009
  • Phishing attacks on payment services jumped a whopping 285% over the first quarter of 2008
  • Phishing attacks on social networking sites increased over 240% over the same time in 2008
  • Phishing attacks rose 36% in the first quarter of 2009 over the same period in 2008
  • 88% of Web users in the United States are at risk from online fraud because they can't identify the different forms of phishing currently happening online
  • 9 out of 10 people in the U.S. are vulnerable to phishing scams
  • 18-24 year olds are the least likely age group to identify a phishing site
  • In the second half of 2008, roughly 57,000 phishing attacks worldwide targeted a specific brand or organization, up from around 47,3000 in the first half of 2008
  • 10 million Americans a year fall victim to identity theft
  • Over 40% of all teenagers with Internet access have reported being bullied online during the past year
  • The average amount of time a phishing site was up: 52 hours
  • Phishers used their own malicious domains in 13% of attacks
  • Around 6,340 subdomain accounts were used for phishing purposes in the second half of 2008, up from 4,512 in the first half of the year
  • One in five online consumers have been victims of cybercrime in the last two years to the tune of an estimated $8 billion.
  • 13 percent of social-network users experienced some form of abuse.
  • 1.2 million consumers have had to replace their computers over the past two years due to software infections and an estimated 3.7 million households with broadband Internet access did not use a firewall to protect against hackers.
  • Total damage to U.S. consumers through phishing attacks works out to about $483 million.
  • 545,000 households had to replace computers in the past six months and one in 12 people had serious problems with spyware.
  • 1.7 million households were victims of ID theft committed over the Internet in the past year, of those two-thirds said the incident occurred because of an online purchase.
  • The internet click fraud rate hit a record level of 17.1% in Q408 and click fraud traffic from botnets surged to an all-time high of 31.4%
  • Click fraud traffic from botnets was responsible for 31.4% of all click fraud traffic in Q408. This is up from 27.6% in Q308 and 22.0% in Q407.
  • In 2008, there were at least 47,324 phishing attacks.
  • The attacks occurred on 26,678 unique domain names.1 This is slightly down from 2H2007, when 28,818 domain names were used.
  • Phish were found on 3,389 unique IP addresses, rather than on domain names.
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