How much cyber-attacks on ordinary users have increased
Globally, cybersecurity advocates have witnessed an increasing number of attacks, which is expected to grow by 125% by 2021. The Covid-19 pandemic caused many companies to work remotely, which indirectly caused cybercriminals to take advantage of the situation and launch attacks on unguided internet users. In 2019, cybercrime statistics showed that 53 internet users fell victim to cybercriminals every hour. In 2020, the number has drastically increased to 90 victims per hour (69% increase).
As a result, data breach rates have increased from 6 victims per hour in 2001 to a staggering 97 victims per hour in 20 years. The average hourly data breach cost per Internet user will increase from $2,054 in 2001 to $787,671 in 2021. Phishing remains the most common cyber attack, with 323,972 Internet users successfully attacked in 2021, accounting for half of all Internet users who experienced a data breach.
Nearly one billion emails will be compromised in 2021, with one in five internet users worldwide as the target. Much critical information was harvested and sold to dark web criminals. Cybercriminals continue to change their tactics to become more subtle and sophisticated, as the official 2022 Cybercrime Report predicts that Internet users will lose $8 trillion in 2023, rising to $10.5 trillion by 2025.