A new report on cybercrime demographics shows that the elderly, women and minorities are the most at risk from online attacks.
The Malwarebytes, Digitunity and Cybercrime Support Network joint study of 5,000 people from the United States, England and Germany confirms that online scammers succeed more with these vulnerable demographics than with others.
“This story tells how cybercrime affects different groups and how, even though the Internet is essential for everyone, it’s only safe for a few,” the authors wrote.
According to the study, people over the age of 65 account for 36% of credit card thefts, more than any other age group.
Gender also plays an important role. 79% Women report text messages from unknown numbers with potentially dangerous links to 73% men.
Nearly half — 46% — of women reported their social media accounts being hacked, compared to 37% of men.
While 49% of men feel somewhat and very safe online, only 37% of women feel the same.
Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), were the least successful in avoiding financial damage from cyberattacks.
Only 47% respondents to the BIPOC survey said they had avoided financial consequences from cybercrime. This is compared with 59 percent.
The report found that those with higher incomes and higher education levels feel more secure online than those with lower incomes and less education.