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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > 9 Million UK Users Suffered from Cybercrime

9 Million UK Users Suffered from Cybercrime

9 Million UK Users Suffered from Cybercrime

Added: Saturday, September 7th, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extrattorrent.com, 2013
It turned out that 8% of cybercrime targets suffered financial losses – among them, people aged over 55 were least likely victims. In the meantime, the financial impact of cybercrime varies, with the overall cost to the economy estimated at £27 billion annually.


Over 9 million UK Internet users have had their accounts hacked. Of them, 8% of the population explained that they have lost money in 2012 due to cybercrime. Online security experts pointed out that it was quite surprising that 2.3% of the population reported losing over £10,000 to Internet fraudsters.

According to the survey, about 18% of the respondents had experienced attempts to break into their Internet accounts, including email, Internet banking, gaming and social media. 30% of them said it had happened more than once. The researchers revealed that people aged 55 to 64 were least likely to be targeted by cyber criminals – the rate was around 11%, perhaps because they are more care more about security. More than 25% of people aged 18 to 24 have become a victim of cyber attack.

92% of respondents said they had lost nothing in 2012 due to any kind of cybercrime. However, over 3% of more than 1,500 surveyed had lost up to £100, another 2.5% complained they had lost up to £10,000, and 2% claimed to have lost over £10,000.

For comparison, back in 2011, a British government claimed that the overall cost to the economy was £27 billion per year, of which identity theft accounted for £1.7 billion and Internet scams and ripoffs – another £1.4 billion. According to the report, the main loser was UK business, which lost £21 billion due to high levels of IP theft and industrial espionage.

In the meantime, now the social media revolution had changed the way hackers do their job. They explain that a computer virus which used to steal credit card information now creates bogus Instagram “likes” that could be used to generate buzz for someone. Fake “likes” are sold in batches on online hacker forums. For example, one can get 1,000 Instagram followers for $15 and 1,000 Instagram “likes” for $30, while 1,000 credit card numbers cost only $6. Apparently, cyber crime has a clear impact on the lives of average British citizens, with their accounts and credentials being compromised, perhaps even multiple times.

September 7th,2013

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Date:  Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Comments (11) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2013-09-07 21:41:04)
Rectal_Wart avatardownloading dodgy torrents no doubt -tpb strikes again!

posted by ET loverKitty (2013-09-07 23:19:57)
Movnator avatarAnother crybaby ^ '@Rectal_Wart' why are you even on a torrent site, if you blame torrents for it. Go surf the internet for 1 hour and you will come across tons of pages with tons of ads on them, enough to do you any cybercrime damage or id theft. Even many search engine sites like yahoo or msn or youtube etc these days have so many ads that they will eat away your internet bandwidth without your permission or intent to do so and talking about cyber thefts... lol

Torrents are least risky. Go put your warts and noses and rect.. in places you know about. A person, steal a penny they will call you a thief, beat you up and treat you a criminal; Group of people, (Companies/ MNC's, Politicials/ Government) steal few trillion billion millions they will call you a businessman a politician, put garlands around you, treat you a king and interview you. What an irony !

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-09-08 00:14:34)
Embolism avatarKnowing a little about security here is a brief run-down of what to do for some of the many exploits in regards to email.
1:have 3 email addresses firstly the top tier,(banking,credit transactions)
2:2nd tier for friends and family.
3:3rd email address for social networking/anonymous logins on sites and even with friends and family never use your real id such as John.smith@(ISP)dot com.
Technically most ISP`s allow upto around 16 email addresses so there is a reason not to use one email address away and give away the keys to your kingdom.
If people were really clever they would do no tele banking or PC transactions since the transmission of data can always be compromised even by windows themselves in the case of 3 million computers whereby to take out a new type virus or try to they infected users systems and anybody can be monitored as 72 Microsoft fusion centres proves blatantly.@2 is correct in that we are all suckers by agreement in a lot of cases,paying large bucks for anything licensed by Microsoft to get built in trojans,malware,reverse browsers and identifyers in all other browsers from yahoo and google analytical,same for most of the others with the exception of open source linux/debian o/s and even with these no one should give their own computer their real name and encrypt all or put out the welcome mat.

posted by (2013-09-08 06:18:35)
MECH8204 avatarits really sad that the only things I trust on the internet is a couple torrent sites and peerblock(and they are run by horrible criminals who should be locked up lol)in the same way I trust my dealer more than I trust the cops.(if I had one and if I did that stuff....drugs are bad mkay)

posted by (2013-09-08 14:33:00)
raadden avatarPeople aren't bothered keeping them self safe, so imo its their own problem, and with the security of the PC's i have been fixing over the years for people im surprised the numbers are so low.
#4 peerblock programs do nothing for your security. they block ranges and single IPs but you have to be naive to think the anti piracy companies don't know ways around that by now. For example VPN. If you know how to do it they surely do lol. Oh and horrible criminals what the F is that for a thing to call this websites owners haha.

posted by Blocked (2013-09-08 17:01:48)
No avatarppl do what they can do keep there house car etc save.but when it comes to personal imfo like bank info etc. they do nothing.

posted by Blocked (2013-09-08 21:18:45)
Rectal_Wart avatar@Movnator suck your mommas titty and stfu douchebag

posted by ET junkie (2013-09-08 22:32:06)
skulljockey avatarRight on @6 I have to go around and install security for friend and family who don't take this serious including my wife. They remind me of peeps who buy a car and all they ever do is put the key in and out. No maintenance whatsoever. I have the Windows defender, constant guard and Norton identity safe and Norton suite 360 which affords me basic security against hackers. It's inexpensive and has saved my behind several times. Sam spoke of age group up to 65. My Mum is 92 and got hacked by the FBI Virus! That's one I haven't heard about for a while OMG!

posted by ET babyET lover (2013-09-09 13:26:55)
eNdEmiOn avatarWho is to blame the people who get ripped off or the people who do the ripping off, the latter of course. So everyone who says its their own fault should be ashamed. And if you are one of those naive people who think it can't/won't happen to you, consider this, you don't know how all (or rather most) illusionists tricks work and even if you did you can still get fooled as it depends most on perspective.

Another thing with cyber crime is that (big) companies want all your personal information (to sell you stuff). So does the government (to control you). So both mayor influences constantly tell us privacy isn't important and bit by bit all we lose it all, freedom being the key word here. So who's to blame really?

posted by ET junkie (2013-09-09 22:12:15)
skulljockey avatarTorrents do present some risk which is why security is a must. I for one have download many hundreds of torrents and the only time I have had problem is when I went off site from ET. In all the torrents I have DL from ET I have never had any problems with only an occasional and rare mislabeling of a torrent, which is easier to do than you might think. This is why I always have always have trusted torrents from this site.

posted by (2013-09-10 12:49:32)
Darkan9el avatarJust keep changing them passwords, make them long, as long as the site allows, wherever possible you false info. minimise credit/debit card input, if you must use paypal with key security or use bitcoin but understand how bitcoin works first.

Be informed, your ignorance is the cybercriminals best tool - Stupidity is not an excuse.

This should be taught in schools: 8 Steps to (maybe) Improve Your Common Sense.

1. Admit you have a problem.
Probably the hardest step of all.

2. Slow down.
Many errors in judgment are a result of impulsive, hasty decisions. If you know you’ve got a problem with common sense, you’ll need to sacrifice decision speed for decision quality. When in doubt, sleep on it. At least one night, maybe two. OK, maybe a week.

3. Bite your tongue.
If there is any doubt that what you’re thinking of saying might be taken the wrong way or get you in trouble, then don’t say it. Yes, you’ll be less talkative, less funny, and find yourself bleeding at the mouth a lot, but that’s a lot better than having your foot in your mouth all the time. At least I think it might be – actually, both sound pretty uncomfortable.

4. Get feedback from others.
Before you send that email, have that conversation, spend that money, or whatever other train you’re about to wreck, seek out the advice of others. Test the decision with your manager, peers, direct reports, or anyone else that can give you honest, constructive feedback. Then, make sure you listen to that feedback.

5. Take a personality assessment.
Take the MBTI, DISC, Hogan, or some other credible personality assessment in order to identify your natural tendencies and biases, and how those tendencies may be influencing your analysis, judgment and decision making. It’s even better, maybe even required, to have a professional help you interpret the data.

6. Get a coach.
In this case, I’d even go as far to say get a coach with a clinical background. Someone that can help you examine your thinking process, a sounding board to test pending decisions, and someone to slap you in the side of the head.

7. Find a role model.
Find someone you admire that always seems to make the right decisions and ask how he/she does it. Walk through a number of examples of decisions they’ve made, and ask them to explain their thought process.

8. Read a few books on judgment, decision making, problem solving, and/or critical thinking.

Will all of any of these work? I honestly don’t know, however, I don’t buy into the notion that anyone is “hardwired”. People can change if they want to and are willing to work at it.

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