Iran Highly Breached

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  • Bangladesh has the lowest breach density in Asia, with 0,6 emails breached per 100 internet users in 2021.
  • Asia has the second-lowest breach rates on a continental level, following Africa and followed by South America.
  • North America has the highest data breach density, with 1 in 2 internet users being breached in 2021.

Sydney, May 25: Iran has the highest breach density in Asia and globally, with 231 breached email accounts per 100 internet users.
At the same time, Bangladesh has the lowest breach density in the continent and the second-lowest worldwide (0,6 emails per 100 users). 
“Looking at the data breaches landscape in 2021, we see that 71.7 per cent of the analyzed countries have a lower breach density than the global average,” Agneska Sablovskaja, Data Researcher at cybersecurity company Surfshark said.
“This shows that hackers usually target particular countries such as Russia and the U.S. more than others.
“However, six per cent of all analyzed countries have an extremely high data breach density.
“To put this into perspective, more than half of internet users in countries such as the US, Iran, Israel, the UAE, and Qatar got breached in 2021.”
Asia has the second-lowest breach density on a continental level with 12 breached emails, while Africa bottoms the list with only four breached emails per 100 internet users.
Meanwhile, North America has the highest, with one in two internet users being breached in 2021.
This number is three times higher than the global average.

Study: Iran has the highest data breach density worldwide (NEW Data and Infographics)
Study: Iran has the highest data breach density worldwide. Image supplied.

What are the most popular cybercrimes worldwide?

Data breaches are not the one and only way for criminals to get access to victims’ information. According to Surfshark’s study, phishing continues to be the most common cybercrime for the second year in a row. 
In 2020, there were a total of 241,343 phishing victims.
However, on average, phishing victims lost the least amount of money (US$136 per victim), while people who fell victim to investment fraud lost the most (US$70,811 per victim on average).
At the same time, investment fraud had the highest financial impact in total on its victims.
People lost about $1,5B this way in 2021. That year the least impactful online crime was the Denial of Service (DoS) attacks – only around 1000 victims reported this crime with an average loss of US$197.
“As the geopolitical tensions grow, we might see more cyber warfare and 0day spyware similar to Pegasus,” explains Aleksandr Valentij, Security Officer at Surfshark.
In total, cybercrime claimed at least 6,502,323 victims and US$26,116,000,000 in losses over the 21-year period.
Witnessing this problem, Surfshark developed a Data Vulnerability Thermometer combining open-source FBI information and research algorithms.
The online tool gives users their personal risk score, possible specific cybercrimes, and prevention tactics depending on the data points selected. 
Read the full study here.

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