Indians are most victimised by hackers and cybercriminals after the Chinese, says a report released by Symantec, the makers of Norton security software.
But Indian web surfers might also be safer from the cyber criminals because of their lying habits. The report finds India as the third least honest nation on the net after China and Brazil.
Over 76 per cent of Indian web surfers have fallen victim to cyber crimes including computer viruses, online credit card frauds and identity theft, making India the most victimised nations after China, where as much as 83 per cent of users have been attacked by online criminals, says the report.
Symantec’s Regional Consumer Product Marketing Manager David Hall said cyber criminals can use viruses and Trojans (that give remote computer access) to gather personal information such as mothers’ maiden names and data on birth, driving licences, credit cards and passwords.
“These identities are known to be sold as complete package in the cyber world for prices as low as US $ 10,” Hall said. The study on the human impact of cyber crimes across 14 nations showed that only 8 per cent Indians think that they would become victim of a cyber attack. Once victimized, solving a cyber crime would take around 44 days and cost Rs 5,262 in India, in comparison to 28 days and US $334 (Rs. 15,700) elsewhere in the world.