Consumer Report's 2007 “State of the Net”
survey has estimated that the amount of money lost by U.S. consumers to spyware, viruses and phishing schemes over the past 2 years has been 7 billion dollars.
The Consumer Reports National Research Center has surveyed over 2,000 households that have access to the internet.
According to the report, comsumers have a 1-in-4 chance of becoming victims of cyber crime, the number being smaller than last year. The rate of virus infections is more or less the same as last year, a statistic that is regarded as progress, due to the increase in virus complexity.
34% of the respondents reported having been infected by spyware over the past half-year, which is also a decrease. The chance of being infected and subjected to serious damage is still, however 1-in-3 and 1-in-11 respectively.
8% have responded to phishing e-mails (the number has remained the same 2 years in a row).
Security specialists claim that the content of the report is not surprising, since, according to recent statistics, 1 in every 10 websites is infected with malware and consumers, especially home users, lack the knowledge of how to act in order to remain safe as well as how to deal with threats present on their system.