Social media and smartphones exposing ‘millions’ to cybercrime, says study

By the Australian:

AUSTRALIA’S addiction to social media and smartphones has led to a spike in the number of people falling victim to cybercrime, a new study has found.

Around 5.4 million people were targeted by online criminals over the past 12 months, according to Norton’s annual Cybercrime report released today.

Globally, there were more than 556 million victims.

The study recorded a significant jump in the rate of Australian users who have been attacked through social networking sites or mobile devices.

More than one in three Australians active on social media say they’ve been a victim of cybercrime on platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Cybersecurity expert Adam Palmer, who advises the FBI and Norton, said criminals were rapidly shifting away from traditional PC-based virus attacks and toward “easier targets” on mobile devices… Read more

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