BI Chinese station reported on November 11
Compared to crimes such as theft or murder, "traditional" Americans are even more concerned about cybercrimes involving theft of personal and financial information. In the past 12 months, more and more people have been affected by cybercrime.
Recent reports released by Gallup, a well-known polling agency, show that Americans are more worried about cybercrime than "criminality" such as theft, car theft, and sexual assault. Of these, 67% of respondents were most worried about personal and financial information being hacked, while only 38% were concerned about the most common "traditional" crimes such as car crashes or theft. At the same time, only 6% fear that people will be attacked or murdered in their jobs.
In fact, since the Internet has been widely adopted, it has revolutionized the way we communicate and it is hard to imagine living without it. But for the United States and the world as a whole, the Internet has also created a whole new category of crime, "Cybercrime". This behavior is very noteworthy.
In 2013, phone numbers, birth dates, security questions and answers, and passwords for all 3 billion Yahoo accounts were compromised. In 2017, Equifax, the credit reporting agency, was also attacked on a massive scale by hackers, including 143 million Americans with social security numbers, full names, addresses, birth dates, and even the theft of sensitive information such as driver's licenses and credit card numbers.
Compared to "conventional" criminality, it is easy to understand why cybercrime is even more worrisome. Having information such as social security and credit card numbers has a greater impact than stolen cars. Most importantly, cybercrime is more common than other crimes. Gallup's data show that 25% of Americans report that their personal information has been stolen by hackers in the past 12 months. By contrast, only 12% of Americans reported "stolen property" last year.
In spite of this, it is surprising that Americans do not seem too worried about permanent crimes, such as "being murdered" or "becoming a victim of a terrorist attack". In contrast, worried about car stolen people accounted for 18%, which shows the importance of Americans on the car.