In recent years, massive network data attacks emerge in endlessly, including this year's Equifax data leakage, 2015 Anthem, 2014 Home Depot, and 2013 and 2014 YAHOO network attacks. American anxiety about cybercrime may be partly due to media coverage.
Perhaps the scope of Gallup's investigation is very limited, but it reflects reality from a certain level. It is reported that, since 2009, the proportion of Americans who worry about being a victim of identity theft has been hovering between 66% and 70%.
But the bigger reason may be that victims of cybercrime are more likely to expose their experiences than other types of crime victims.
25% of the respondents pointed out that they or their family members suffered personal information stolen in the past year; 16% of American adults said they or their family members in the same period as the victims of personal identity theft. Property theft became the most common crime affecting these victims, and 12% said they had suffered this kind of experience in the past year.
In the case of cyber crime victims in all ages, the difference is not large, but most middle-aged people may encounter identity and personal information theft crime cases, while the elderly and young people under the age of 30 is relatively less.
Although the law enforcement departments have made considerable efforts in solving the network crime, but it looks like they need to put more resources and high-profile arrest cyber criminals in order to reduce and eliminate the public's fear.