One of the biggest criminal concerns facing the US these days is cybercrime. Both businesses and individuals are at risk of being victims of cybercrime. But what factors put you most at risk? Do certain cities have more cybercrime than others? Beyond Identity set out to answer these questions.
First, let’s take a general look at cybercrime. The word is a blanket term that describes several types of crimes such as cyber-attacks like the Colonial Pipeline incident, fraud, identity theft, and others. According to the study, these types of crimes increased by over 45% from 2019-2020.
Beyond Identity looked at historic data in the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network Reports. This information was used to dig into which states and metro areas have been particularly hard hit by this wave of internet criminality. What was found was a wide range in the number, severity, and cost of these crimes.
One major type of cybercrime has been ransomware attacks. These types of attacks have become a common phenomena in recent years and have the potential to cripple day to day lives of entire nations or even the world. And it’s risen since 2016.
- $3.3 billion was lost to fraud in 2020, nearly double the amount lost in 2010.
- Delaware saw the largest increase in fraud reports per 100K people since 2010.
- Kansas saw the largest increase in identity theft reports (+1,423) per 100K people since 2010.
- Residents of the Topeka, Kansas, metro area had the highest incidence of identity theft per capita.
View the study findings below: