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Cybercrime Statistics in 2019

  • Information theft, loss, or attack is now the prevalent type of crime against organizations. Until 2017, physical theft was the most common type of fraud for decades. (ENISA Threat Landscape Report 2018)
  • Malware samples grew from 137.5 million (AV Test) in 2018 to 24,55 million new samples in 2019
  • In 2018, 93% of malware researched was polymorphic. This means the malware can continuously adjust its code to evade detection (2019 Webroot Threat Report)
  • Over 50% of infected devices were re-infected within the same year (2019 Webroot Threat Report)
  • Cybercrime now accounts for more than 50% of all crimes in the UK
  • Every 39 seconds, malicious hackers attack computers and networks (University of Maryland)
  • 78% of surveyed organizations were affected by a successful cyber attack in 2018 (Imperva 2019 Cyberthreat Defense Report)

Cost of Cybercrime Statistics

The Annual Cost of Cybercrime study from Accenture showed that cyber attacks are evolving: how cybercriminals attack, the impact of their attacks, and how they change cybercrime methods. The varied ways in which cybercriminals amass these large sums of money range from massive operations to spray-and-pray attacks, the latter targeting a large number of victims in the hope that it will compromise some of them.

Accenture calculated a total value at risk of $US5.2 trillion globally over the next five years. Though it constitutes a relatively new criminal economy, cybercrime is already generating at least $1,5 trillion in revenues every year. According to McAfee, the cost of cybercrime is up to 0.8% of the world’s GDP.

Revenue generation in the cybercrime industry happens at a variety of levels. There are large ‘multinational’ operations that can generate profits of over $1 billion. Whereas with small scale operations, earnings of $30,000- $50,000 are more the norm. – Bromium Into The Web of Profit

Now you know how much money is lost to cybercrime. How do cybercriminals manage to move these massive sums of money, without being caught? Money laundering studies reveal that around 10% or more of the estimated $1,6-$2 trillion of laundered money circulating across the world is revenue derived from cybercrime. – Bromium Into The Web of Profit

Cybercrime Identity Theft Statistics

From July 2018 to October 2018, Agari data found that 62% of all identity-deception based attacks leveraged use name deception aimed at impersonating a trusted individual .

Q4 2018: Email Fraud and Identity Deception Trends by Agari

More Stats on Cybercrime

$2,1 trillion: The total global annual cost of all data breaches by 2019. (Juniper Research)
$15 billion: the value of cryptocurrency stolen from online exchanges between 2012 and 2017 (2018 Trustwave Global Security Report)
$12,5 billion: Financial losses due to business email compromise (BEC) and email account compromise (EAC) between October 2013 and May 2018 (Secureworks State of Cybercrime Report 2018)
$5 billion: estimated damages from ransomware attacks in 2017 (Europol Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA 2018)
$3,25 billion: global revenue generated by social media-enabled crimes (Bromium Into The Web of Profit – Social media platforms and the cybercrime economy)
$3,2 billion: global smart grid cybersecurity spending by 2026
$1,7 billion: expenses by energy utilities 2017 to protect their systems from cyber attacks. (The Global Risks Report 2019 – World Economic Forum)
$530 million: the cost of the January 2018 Coincheck hack, the biggest cryptocurrency heist to date. (Time Money)
• 1% of business executives who consider cybercrime the most disruptive fraud lost more than $100 million as a result (Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey 2018 by PWC)
$50 million: the total cost of cybercrime across 237 leading companies in 6 countries. (Micro Focus)
$13.5 million (944 million rupees): the amount that an Indian bank lost “after hackers installed malware on its ATM server that enabled them to make fraudulent withdrawals from cash machines”  (InfoSecurity Magazine)
$4.6 million: losses due to a large-scale CEO fraud, caused by two individuals (Europol Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment – IOCTA 2018)
$3.8 million: the average cost of a data breach to a business. (Microsoft)
$2.2 million per month: revenue money cybercriminals can make with only ten stolen credit cards purchased from the underground markets. Hence why formjacking is making a rapid comeback as a preferred attack strategy (2019 Internet Security Threat Report by Symantec)
$2 million: the average loss due to a DDoS attack on an enterprise in 2017 (Kaspersky)
$660,000 per hour: losses due to e-commerce fraud (RSA 2018 Current State of Cybercrime)
$500,000: is the average damage 53% of attacks cause. (Cisco Annual Cybersecurity Report 2018)

While financial losses play a big part of the cost of cybercrime, research shows there are other losses as well: In the next two years, cybercrime is expected to be the most severe and disruptive economic crime for organizations. – Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey 2018 by PWC

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