Cybersecurity company Surfshark released its research regarding countries and the cybercrimes they have faced. According to Surfshark, South Africa is among the top 10 countries in the world found to have experienced the most cybercrimes in 2021.
South Africa ranked sixth in the world. The overall numbers are notably much lower than the United Kingdom’s (UK). The UK topped the list of the most cybercrimes in the world for the second year in a row.
SA had 52 victims per one million internet users. The UK had 4 783 victims per one million internet users. The UK was followed by the United States of America (US) which had 1 491 victims per one million internet users.
Canada came in third with 174 victims per one million internet users. Australia was fourth with 102 victims per one million and Greece ranked fifth with 72 victims per one million.
Following Greece are the Netherlands, France, Germany and Mexico.
Chances of falling prey to cybercrimes grow yearly
Surfshark CEO Vytautas Kaziukonis says that the possibility of falling victim to cybercrimes grows every year.
“As more of our lives become digital, the chances of falling victim to online crimes grow every year. Since 2001, the online crime victim count increased 17 times, and financial losses grew more than 400 times, from $2,000 to $788,000 losses per hour,”
Kazikonis explained that the cybersecurity landscape is expected to have dramatic changes in the coming years. He shared that it is a good time for people to focus on personal cybersecurity in order to stay safe online.
Phishing is still the most common
Surfshark’s study revealed that there is a great disparity in the types of cybercrimes that commonly affect people. The study said that phishing is the most common cybercrime – for the third year in a row.
Last year, there were a total of 323 972 recorded phishing victims. This means that every second person who fell for an online crime was a victim of a phishing attack.
While phishing victims, on average, lost the least amount of money; people who fell victim to investment fraud lost the most amount of money.
The company further revealed that cybercrime is constantly on the rise. Surfshark says that the online victim crime count increased by 17 times. Financial losses grew almost 400 times.»Sout Africa ranked sixth in the world as country most impacted by cybercrimes«