EU: About 33 percent of citizens hit by cyberattacks in 2019

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — According to data released today by the statistical authority of the 27-member bloc (Eurostat), last year about 33 percent of EU citizens aged 16 to 74 had problems with security-related incidents.

Breaking passwords through fraudulent messages known as ‘phishing’ and ‘pharming’ as well as using fake websites to steal personal information have been the most common security incidents in the EU.

In 2019, 25 percent of all block attacks were ‘phishing’ incidents while 12 percent were listed as ‘pharming’.

The majority of people who experienced safety-related problems on the block were in Denmark, at 50 percent.

They are followed by France with 46%, Sweden with 45%, Malta and the Netherlands with 42% each, Bulgaria with 13% and Greece with 13%.

Meanwhile, on February 11th on Safer Internet Day 2020, the European Commission issued a statement saying: “Strengthening internet security and combating harmful content, such as illegal hate speech, terrorist propaganda, the content of online abuse. children’s online and disinformation are top priorities for the European Union.”

It was further emphasized that the EU will continue to focus on making the internet safer and better.

Some studies have shown that cyberattacks have caused major damage to the world economy, which lost $ 3 trillion in 2015 due to cyberattacks that are expected to grow to $ 6 trillion losses this year.


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