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Americans projected to lose over $5 billion to internet crime in 2021
Cybercriminals in America are getting richer. According to the Atlas VPN team’s analysis, Americans are estimated to lose more than $5 billion to internet crime by the end of 2021.
More than 3 billion internet users now use the Google Chrome browser
Choosing what browser to use is something that every internet user has to do. There are plenty of options to pick from. When choosing, it is essential to make sure your browser has the proper security and privacy settings.
India, Austria, and US organizations most hit with ransomware
Ransomware attacks are one of the leading cyber threats that organizations have to face. Hackers encrypt essential files and documents, leaving victims with an option to pay the ransom to gain access back or to restore data from backups.
An analysis of the top 10 most cybercrime-ridden states
According to Atlas VPN analysis, the top 10 US states by losses to cybercrime are California, New York, Texas, Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Colorado. Last year, citizens in these states lost $2.39 billion to various types of internet crime. In the earliest reporting period - 2013, losses reached $327.89 million.
Millennials and Gen Zers are most likely to fall for phishing emails, study finds
There is a common misconception that older people, who tend to have less experience with new technologies, are easier to scam online. However, recent data findings suggest that just the opposite is true.
85% of cyberattacks in the US originate internally
Cyberattacks are weapons for criminals to disrupt countries’ cybersecurity and get sensitive or even secret information. As the United States is one of the most influential countries globally, it is a massive target for hackers.
Nearly 50% of organizations hit by ransomware are US-based
Data presented by the Atlas VPN team shows that 45% of organizations hit by ransomware in 2020 are based in the US. Organizations all over the world are being kept hostage by ransomware, and many are being forced to pay criminals because the expense of downtime and loss of reputation if the consumer data goes public outweighs the ransom.
Kansas and Rhode Island suffered the most identity thefts in 2020
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people lost jobs in the United States. Fraudsters did not hesitate to use this panic to claim unemployment insurance instead of the ones that needed it the most, and some states were not prepared at all.