The Hackers and the Hacked


Each week in October, as part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’ll publish an article packed with facts and stats, to give you an in-depth look at the state of cybersecurity in today’s world. We’ll start with the basics, then cover vulnerabilities, risks, costs – and much more.

Need a geographical breakdown of hacking? If you’ve read Part 1: Hacking Basics and Part 2: What’s Being Hacked (And What Changed with Covid) of our Hacking the World series, then Part 3 should help clarify the “who” and “where” of what’s happening in hacking globally.

For a refresher of key hacking terms and definitions, read our helpful cybersecurity glossary from Part 1.

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The Hackers & the Hacked

Hacking Geography

The Hackers & the Hacked

Statistics on the individuals and industries targeted with cyberattacks, as well as the perpetrators who conduct them.

How Many People Get Hacked?

Inconsistencies in the identification, recording and reporting of data breaches since the beginnings of the internet make it almost impossible to know the total number of hacks (and exposed users) around the world in every past year.

For example, a lot of cybersecurity firms only analyze data on their clients and numerous nations/companies have inadequate cybersecurity practices.

That being said, the US has recorded cyber incidents since 2005, and, as one of the most attacked nations, the stats show a staggering amount of affected users.

Since 2005, nearly 2 billion sensitive US records have been exposed. That includes PII such as names, addresses, and credit card details.

According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, over 10 billion US records have been exposed over that period in total.

Victim Demographics

Who is vulnerable to cybercrime? Fraud data from the Federal Trade Commission suggests older internet users are often victims.

According to Pew Research, younger age groups use technology more often than older adults, yet fraud complaints are less common in younger people.

Computer literacy is typically lower in older adults and the results suggest older age groups are more susceptible to cyberattacks and social engineering. While less active online,…

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