Most commonly encountered cyber threats according to global internet users as of 2nd half 2017

Leading cyber threats encountered by internet users worldwide 2017 This statistic presents a ranking of the most common cyber threat experiences of global internet users. During the second half of 2017, six percent of global internet users stated that they had experienced online account hacking. Virus and malware infection was the most common threat at an 14 percent worldwide encounter rate.
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Share of respondents
Any cyber threat22%
Infected with virus/malware14%
Online account was hacked6%
Tricked into sharing private or sensitive details5%
Infected with ransomware5%
Device hacked4%
Data was intercepted while using my device/connection4%
Data was shared/leaked inappropriately by a third party4%
Experienced financial fraud4%
Device was used for cyber attacks3%
Share of respondents
Any cyber threat22%
Infected with virus/malware14%
Online account was hacked6%
Tricked into sharing private or sensitive details5%
Infected with ransomware5%
Device hacked4%
Data was intercepted while using my device/connection4%
Data was shared/leaked inappropriately by a third party4%
Experienced financial fraud4%
Device was used for cyber attacks3%
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This statistic presents a ranking of the most common cyber threat experiences of global internet users. During the second half of 2017, six percent of global internet users stated that they had experienced online account hacking. Virus and malware infection was the most common threat at an 14 percent worldwide encounter rate.
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Release date
April 2018
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
H2 2017
Number of respondents
17,918 respondents
Age group
18 years and older
Special properties
happened to respondents

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