Young people more likely to be victims of cybercrime, survey finds

Young people between the ages of 18 and 40 are the least likely to report cybercrime and are more likely to fall victim to it, resulting in loss of data or money, according to an Atlas VPN study.

While older people are generally considered to have the least experience with modern technologies and therefore are more vulnerable to online cybercrime, new data based on the National Cybersecurity Alliance survey suggests otherwise.

Two thousand participants in the UK and US took part in the survey and provided information online in response to questions about their cybersecurity behaviors.

Gen Z, or those aged 18 to 24, and Millennials (25 to 40) were less likely to report and experience cybercrime than other generations.

Gen Z in particular have been found to be the least likely to report cybercrime, with just 21% reporting on authorities. Almost a third (32%) of Millennials have reported cybercrime.

In follow-up, some 43% of Gen X, aged 41 to 56, reported cybercrime, while the most likely to report cybercrime are baby boomers, aged 57 to 75, as 64 % of them did.

Atlas VPN suggests that the study shows that while they may not be as tech savvy, baby boomers care more about their personal information online than other generations.

Finally, 55% of adults belonging to the Silent Gen, aged 76 and over, have reported cybercrime offenses.

But not only did the survey find that Gen Z and Millennials are the least likely to report cybercrime, they are also the most likely to fall victim to it, resulting in loss of money or data.

Of the Gen Z respondents surveyed, 49% have not been victims of cybercrime at all. However, 22% of them experienced a single cyberattack and 21% of Gen Z adults experienced harmful cyber activities 2-3 times, which resulted in loss of data or money.

On the other hand, 56% of Millennials have not been victims of cybercrime. Nonetheless, 21% of them have experienced harmful cyber activities once, and 16% of millennials have experienced a cyberattack 2-3 times, costing them money or loss of money. data.

In June, the European Commission announced its intention to create a “Joint Cyber ​​Unit” to tackle the growing number of serious cyber incidents affecting public services and businesses across the EU.

Vilius Kardelis, Public Relations Manager at Atlas VPN, said: “The younger generations are more tech savvy, but they are also used to doing everything online, from interacting with friends to shopping and managing financial activities right from the start. their youngest age. Such daily internet use has accustomed them to disclosing their personal information online, which ultimately leads them to be less suspicious when engaging on the web.

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