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Most hacking victims blame themselves

(Robert McMillan, ComputerWorld) Just under two-thirds of all Internet users have been hit by some sort of cybercrime, and while most of them are angry about it, a surprisingly large percentage feel guilt too, according to a survey commissioned by Symantec.

In a cybercrime survey of just over 7,000 Internet users in 14 countries, researchers found that 65% of Internet users worldwide have already been victims. In the U.S., it's 73%, but things are worse in China (83%), Brazil (76%) and India (also 76%).

Another surprise: how victims react to being hacked. People do fee angry, but also feel pretty guilty: 54% said they should have been more careful, when they responded to online scams. When it came to identity theft victims, 12% said that the incident was entirely their fault, Symantec found.

 
 
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