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Norwegians Are Now Favourite Targets of Cyber Crime: Report

Norwegians are also very high placed on the list when it comes to getting spam e-mails and "ransomeware" on mobile phones, when criminals lock mobile phones and then require ransom

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Norwegians have become one of the favourite targets of cyber crime and are easier to be cheated than Swedes and Danes, newspaper Aftenposten reported on Thursday.

Mapping of over 120 million users in 45 countries, conducted by software company Symantec, showed that the only nation that is more exposed than rich Norwegian citizens are Saudi Arabians, the report said.

Norwegians are exposed four times higher than Swedes and six times high than Danish citizens to so-called “phishing” attempts, reports Xinhua news agency.

“Norway must have been far up the list for many criminal groups last year when it is so highly exposed. I do not think Norway has been so high on the list before,” Snorre Fagerland, security analyst in Symantec, told Aftenposten.

The reason for Norway being targeted is because it is one of the richest countries in the world and criminals can earn more money if they get hold of Norwegian data, said Fagerland, who together with his colleagues analysed 2.4 billion emails daily in 45 different countries.

On the “black market”, where stolen data is purchased and sold, a stolen Norwegian credit number with personal information may be worth $45.

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“The criminals are primarily concerned with profitability. When they enter a country like Norway, it requires investment. They must translate texts, reconnaissance and customize the attacks,” Fagerland said.

The way the “phishing” attacks are designed shows that the computer criminals have learned to master Norwegian language.

At Symantec’s list of 45 countries, Norway comes in third place among countries with the highest proportion of malicious links in the emails.

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The survey showed that 12.8 per cent of the malicious e-mails contained such fake links in 2018, which is more than twice as much as, for example, Denmark.

Norwegians are also very high placed on the list when it comes to getting spam e-mails and “ransomeware” on mobile phones, when criminals lock mobile phones and then require ransom. (IANS)

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Survey: More Than Half of the Indians Believe Smart Devices Record Personal Information without their Knowledge

"Cyber terrorism (53 per cent) is the second-biggest fear," the company said in a statement

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While 85 per cent of people own a smartphone, 54 per cent believe the technology is spying on them. Pixabay

As many as 52 per cent or more than half of the Indians believe their smart devices record personal information without their knowledge, a survey by YouGov said on Tuesday.

YouGov — an Internet-based market research and data analytics firm — stated that the most commonly used devices are also the ones people are most likely to think are monitoring them.

“People have concerns about their online privacy and losing private data (such as photos, mails, financial information) is people’s biggest tech-related fear (with 55 per cent saying it).

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“Cyber terrorism (53 per cent) is the second-biggest fear,” the company said in a statement. Pixabay

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“Cyber terrorism (53 per cent) is the second-biggest fear,” the company said in a statement. While 85 per cent of people own a smartphone, 54 per cent believe the technology is spying on them.

According to the survey, around a third fear that with the rapid advancement of technology either they would be socially isolated (34 per cent), human interactions would be replaced by Artificial Intelligence (34 per cent) or there would be excessive dependence on technology (32 per cent). (IANS)