Cybercriminals hack an average of 330 Brits per MINUTE, shocking new study finds

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Cybercriminals are rampaging across the UK in “epidemic proportions”, according to new research, with an average of 330 Britons per minute experiencing some form of cyberattack.

The shocking stats, which translate to a UK hack every 0.2 seconds, come from Nord VPN, who said most people don’t even realize they’ve been hacked.

Hacking attempts have become so common that the average person experiences some form of cyberattack three times a year.

According to the study, more than one in ten people in the UK have experienced theft of money, bank details or financial data from organized criminals and fraudsters in the last 12 months who have uploaded their dark arts.

A similar number have been asked to pay a ransom to regain access to their accounts, files, or to prevent such information from being published online.

Disturbingly, given the huge increase in video calling over the past two years, one in twelve people have seen hackers take over their computer’s webcam.

“Hacking has reached epidemic proportions in the UK,” said Adrianus Warmenhoven, a cybersecurity expert.

The shocking stats, which translate to a UK hack every 0.2 seconds, come from Nord VPN, who said most people don’t even realize they’ve been hacked.

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Cybercriminals are carrying out a hacking rampage of ‘epidemic proportions’ across the UK, according to new research, with an average of 330 Britons per minute suffering some form of cyberattack

“Some of the attacks happen so often that people don’t even consider them cybercrimes. However, each of the incidents we included in the study would not be possible without hacking of one type or another.

“Encountering even seemingly innocuous incidents, such as hard-to-close Internet pop-ups, should alarm you and prompt you to scan for malware.

“Behind each of these digital misadventures is a hacker who uses crime to make money. Don’t make it easy for them.

Some of the most frequent attacks are extremely difficult to close pop-up ads, which only occur due to hacking and have been experienced by almost half of the survey respondents in the last 12 months.

Yet many people wouldn’t consider themselves hacked when this happens.

The most commonly understood form of hacking is hijacking your email account so that your friends and colleagues receive spam from your address, which has been experienced by three out of ten people.

An unlucky minority of about 7% of respondents said they had experienced more than 20 hacks in the past year.

More than one in ten people in the UK, according to the study, have experienced the theft of money, banking credentials or financial data in the past 12 months from organized criminals and fraudsters who have put their dark arts online.

More than one in ten people in the UK, according to the study, have experienced the theft of money, banking credentials or financial data in the past 12 months from organized criminals and fraudsters who have put their dark arts online.

Despite the wave of cybercrime, a more savvy third of the population has not experienced any hacks. These people are likely to be the ones who take the most precautions about their online safety or spend the least amount of time online.

Some ways to reduce your risk of being hacked are to use strong passwords, refrain from visiting suspicious websites or opening unsolicited messages, always go directly to your service providers’ website instead than clicking on links in emails and even encrypting your files.

In the commercial realm, cyberattacks have cost UK businesses £374m during the Covid pandemic as businesses have been forced to relocate to work from home.

A survey of 450 top finance and risk professionals at UK-listed companies found nearly two-thirds of companies had suffered a cyberattack or data breach in the first 18 months of the pandemic.

Most of these companies said they lost money or revenue as a result.

The majority of these attacks – 82% – could be attributed to technical issues or work-from-home behaviors, according to research from software group Diligent.

Remote work presents huge security challenges for businesses due to issues such as weak anti-virus software, insecure internet connections, and the use of platforms such as Zoom that can be hacked.

And that could continue to be costly for companies whose employees want to work a “hybrid” shift pattern that splits time between home and the office.

Government figures for the year to March 2022 revealed that nearly one in three businesses and a quarter of charities victimized by attacks said they now experienced breaches or attacks at least once per week.

Two in five companies reported cybersecurity breaches or attacks in the last 12 months.

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