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The US had the second-highest cybercrime density in the world in 2022
Cybersecurity company Surfshark conducted research analyzing cybercrime density worldwide. Cybercrime density in the US increased by 8% compared to 2021, and the country remained second in the world with a density of 1612 victims per 1M internet users. The UK was first by cybercrime density, with 4371 victims/1M internet users, and Canada was third, with a density of 156 victims/1M internet users. Phishing was the most prevalent cybercrime worldwide in 2022, while investment fraud proved to be the most financially devastating.

"Last year, 801k people fell victim to cybercrime globally, which resulted in a total of ten billion dollars in losses. Because of how lucrative cybercrime is, there's no reason to think cybercriminals will stop striking anytime soon. That's why it's more important than ever to be vigilant and build up your cybersecurity defenses, which goes for businesses and individuals alike", says Gabriele Racaityte-Krasauske, spokeswoman at Surfshark.

Although second by cybercrime density, the US was first in the world by total cybercrime count, with 479k recorded cybercrime victims, compared to 467k victims in 2021. The UK came in second with 284k recorded cybercrime victims, followed by Canada (6k victims), India (3k victims), and Australia (2k victims).

What are the most common cybercrimes globally?

In 2022, phishing continued to be the most common cybercrime, with the highest victim count in the world - 300k. Next up is online payment fraud (63k victims), extortion (39k victims), tech support scams (33k victims), and investment fraud (31k victims).

What are the most financially devastating cybercrimes in the world?

Investment fraud cost the average victim 108k USD in losses, making it the most financially devastating cybercrime in the world, albeit not as common as phishing (in 2022, 31k people fell victim to investment fraud). Confidence fraud (such as romance fraud) is second on the list, with 39k USD in losses per average victim, followed by SIM swapping (36k USD/victim), DDoS attacks (30k USD losses/victim), tech support scams (25k USD/victim) and government impersonation scams (21k USD losses/victim).

36.4 billion USD have been stolen by cybercriminals since 2001, and yearly losses have been on an upward trend throughout this whole period. In 2022 alone, 10.3 billion USD were stolen by cybercriminals, compared to 6.9 billion in 2021 and 4.2 billion in 2020. These days, with the soaring inflation rates and troubling economic situation worldwide, losing money to cybercrime is all the more devastating.

Witnessing the rising number of cybercrimes, Surfshark developed the Data Vulnerability Thermometer combining open-source FBI information and research algorithms. The online tool gives users their risk score, possible specific cybercrimes, and prevention tactics depending on the data points selected.

The Data Vulnerability Thermometer also contains descriptions, typology, tips, and statistics of 20 different internet crime offenses aimed at individual users. This encyclopedia also has extensive coverage of statistics on trends and patterns in the field of cybercrimes. Users can check global cybercrime density statistics, financial impact, yearly growth of cybercrime costs, victim count by age, and more:

Published Monday, April 24, 2023 4:56 PM by David Marshall
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