Internet users in the United Kingdom lose an astonishing £190,000 a day to cyber criminals who target their social media and email accounts, according to a new report.
Action Fraud, the reporting center for people scammed, defrauded or who experienced cyber crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, said on Sunday that hackers stole £34.6 million from online users in the three British territories between April and September 2018, adding that the figure showed an increase of 24 percent compared to the previous six months.
The center said a significant bulk of that money, around £14.8 million, had been stolen through hacking of users’ email and social media accounts, adding that a total of 5,000 people had been defrauded using the method in the six month period.
The report said that a total of 13,357 people across the UK, including in Scotland, had reported cyber crimes over the same period last year.
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