Spyware statistics

As the spyware industry becomes more sophisticated, the statistics become more staggering. Have a look at just a few of the facts and figures that show how widespread these cyber crimes are in today's technological world.

IC3's Internet Crime Report, 2007

  • The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received 206,884 complaints of web-based crimes during 2007.
  • Internet crime is at a record high with nearly $240 million U.S. in reported losses during 2007, a $40 million increase from 2006.

FTC's Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft Complaint Data, Feb. 2008

  • Identity theft continues to top the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's annual report on consumer fraud complaints, accounting for 32% of the 813,899 complaints received between January 1 and December 31, 2007.

Consumer Reports, State of the Net 2007

  • In the first half of 2007, spyware infections prompted 850,000 U.S. households to replace their computers.
  • 1 out of every 11 surveyed had a major, often costly problem due to spyware.
  • The economic fallout per incident was $100, with damage totalling $1.7 billion.

Consumer Spyware Initiative

  • Although as many as 90% of U.S. home computers have been infected with spyware at some time, a majority of PC owners don't know how to solve the problem.

Javelin Strategy and Research, Jan. 2007

  • Americans lost about $49.3 billion US in 2006 to criminals who stole their identities.

Infonetics Research's Costs of Network Security Attacks: North America 2007

  • Small and medium-sized organisations have "major problems" with spyware - representing 40% of all security downtime costs.
  • Large U.S. organisations lose an average of 2.2% of their annual income - more than $30 million - to security attacks.

Gartner, IT Summit, Sept. 2006

  • Over the next two years, it is estimated 20% to 50% of companies will become infected with spyware.
  • By 2008, 40% of organizations will be targeted by "financially-motivated cybercrime".

Reuters, Sept. 2006

  • The FBI estimates all types of computer crime in the U.S. costs industry about $400 billion while in Britain the Department of Trade and Industry said computer crime had risen by 50 percent over the last two years.

National Cyber Security Alliance, 2006 Online Fraud Report 

  • Two-thirds of consumers who use the Internet for financial transactions are extremely or very concerned about giving their personal or financial information to a fake website, and of hackers stealing financial information from their computers.
  • 67% of those surveyed could not identify a secure website.

National Cyber Security Alliance, 2005 Online Safety Study

  • 81% of home computers lack core protection (updated anti-virus software, a firewall, and spyware protection).
  • 38% of home computers lack any spyware protection software.
  • 68% keep sensitive information, like personal correspondence, professional records, and financial information, on their home computers.
  • 74% use the Internet for sensitive transactions from their home computers, such as banking or reviewing personal medical information.

CMO Council 2006 Consumer Audits

  • 65% of European and American respondents, on average, have experienced security problems, like viruses and spyware.
  • 1 in 6 has had his/her personal information lost or compromised.
  • U.S. consumers are more worried about identity theft and fraud than any other security concern, even personal safety and terrorist attacks.