375% rise in internet infractions in Belgium
One in five people risk falling victim to an internet fraudster, a risk even higher than being burgled at home.
Cyber-criminality has risen by 375%, according to Symantec, an American company specialised in internet security.
The likelihood of being victim of a burglary or being involved in a car-crash is much lower than being attacked on the internet, with risks of 1 in 31 cases and 1 in 3,000 cases respectively.
In Belgium, more than 13,000 infraction complaints were received by the eCops watchdog in 2008, which was 17% more than 2007 and 375% more than in the last six years.
Symantec observed 1.65 million viruses on the internet in 2008, a figure likely to have risen notably in their next observation.
La Dernière Heure/Expatica