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29.9 million Indians fell victim to cyber crime in 2010: Norton

According to the Norton Cybercrime Report 2011, in India, it
is estimated that more than 29.9 million people fell victim to cyber crime in
2010, resulting in direct financial losses of $4 billion, and an additional
$3.6 billion in time spent resolving the crime. Four in five online adults in
India have been a victim of cyber crime.

According to the Norton Cybercrime Report 2011, in India, it
is estimated that more than 29.9 million people fell victim to cyber crime in
2010, resulting in direct financial losses of $4 billion, and an additional
$3.6 billion in time spent resolving the crime. Four in five online adults in
India have been a victim of cyber crime.

The report also reveals that 10 percent of adults online
globally (17 percent in India) have experienced cyber crime on their mobile
phone. The number of reported new mobile operating system vulnerabilities
increased, from 115 in 2009 to 163 in 2010. In addition to threats on mobile
devices, increased social networking and a lack of protection are claimed to be
some of the main culprits behind the growing number of cyber crime victims.

“There is a disconnect in how people view the
threat of cyber crime,” said Gaurav Kanwal, Country Sales Manager – India and
SAARC, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec, adding, “Cyber crime is much more
prevalent than people realize. Over the past 12 months, three times as many
adults surveyed have suffered from online crime versus offline crime, yet less
than a third of respondents think they are more likely to become a victim of
cyber crime than physical world crime in the next year. And while 89 percent of
respondents agree that more needs to be done to bring cyber criminals to
justice, fighting cyber crime is a shared responsibility.”

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