Germans Increasingly Fear Cyber Threat

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Germans are increasingly afraid of falling prey to cyber criminals, with 85 percent fearing hackers will steal their credit card data or get online access to their bank accounts, Reuters reports.

A survey by German tech industry association Bitkom said the number of Internet users over the age of 14 fearing such an attack has grown to 85 percent this year compared with 75 percent in 2010.

Bitkom said part of the problem is that 20 percent of consumers fail to use any sort of cybersecurity.

Last year, cyber crime incidents in Germany increased by 19 percent; phishing attacks on online bank data nearly doubled, with the average damage reaching nearly 4,000 euros ($5,797), data from the federal police showed.

Germany earlier this month opened the doors to a cybersecurity center, which will work to protect the country’s infrastructure from what its Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said was a growing menace posed by hackers.

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One Response to "Germans Increasingly Fear Cyber Threat"

  1. lyecdevf says:

    I spend a lot of my time making my computer and network as secure as possible. I do not think that I am very secure on the net. Far from that! I would have to spend many more years learning, experimenting, tweaking,…in order for me to say that I am really safe from the majority of threats from the net. I like to do that. I have no issues by spending hours upon hours on various forums, IRC channels,…learning about security. So I do not understand how 20% of Germans have no cybersecurity. For me that is shocking.

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