Kaspersky: Online account hacking ranked consumers’ most dreaded cyber threat
The fear of online accounts hacking remains the most dreaded cyber threat among the Internet community, a new survey by technology security company, Kaspersky has found.
The results of the 2015 Consumer Security Risks Survey, conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, to investigate cyber threats consumers are aware of and the most dreaded one that 68 percent of participants fear their online accounts will be hacked. The same percentage was also concerned about malware designed to steal passwords and data on a device.
The results showed that many consumers were concerned with threats to their digital identity, many threats of which they were fully aware. 63 percent of participants were worried about financial cyber threats, followed by 60 percent who were concerned about phishing emails and websites that attempt to collect user information.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Kaspersky”]“However, these programs are more dangerous than they seem: cybercriminals can watch users or overhear confidential information via a webcam, or use video clips to blackmail their victims, while advertising modules can be utilised to imbed even more dangerous programs.” [/blockquote]