Norton study shows an emotional impact from cybercrime

When it comes to cybercrime, don’t blame the victims; turns out most of them are already blaming themselves.

Anti-virus software giant Norton has released a new report that shows a remarkable emotional toll that comes along with being victimized by cybercrime. Along with the usual feelings of anger and frustration, many blame themselves and feel, ironically, guilty.

The Norton Cybercrime Report: The Human Impact studied 7,000 Internet users across 14 countries, including Canada. The report found that 65 per cent of Internet users globally have been the victim of cybercrime, which covers the gamut of offenses from virus attacks to identity theft to fraud. It has further shown that 80 per cent of Canadians who reported being victims felt that there was no real resolution to their problems and that there would be no punishment for the cybercriminals — a general feeling of helplessness. Many felt that they had brought the crime upon themselves, and 44 per cent said they would not report the crime to the police.

“Cybercriminals purposely steal small amounts to remain undetected, but all of these add up. If you fail to report a loss, you may actually be helping the criminal stay under the radar,” said Adam Palmer, Norton lead cyber security advisor.

Norton advises having up-to-date anti-virus software is the best way to prevent cybercrime. Ironically, Norton released Norton Internet Security 2011 today, the same day as this study.