Italians Report Major Increase in Cyber Attacks

Levels of cybercrime are soaring in Italy, with social networks becoming one of the main vehicles for attacks led by identity theft, according to a report commissioned by the DAS unit of Italian insurance group Generali.

According to the report 22.3% of Italians claim to have been victims of a cyber attack, with 13.3% having had their identity stolen on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

The report also found that 70% of users feel exposed to the threat of identity theft via social networks, followed by 44% who fear that someone is accessing their financial data to make online purchases and 38% who believe that cybercriminals are using their personal information to commit fraud.

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