Seattle, the Most Vulnerable US City to Cyber Attacks
In terms of cyber crime, according to a recent study released by an Internet security firm Symantec, Seattle has scored the position of USA's riskiest city.
Through its study, Symantec noted that the citizens in Seattle are more likely to browse the Web every day. Also, compared to any other city, people here use the Internet to carry out bank transactions, and hence, they are the most susceptible of online malicious attacks, which include phishing and spam amongst various other Web scams.
Furthermore, when it comes to risk from cyber attacks, Seattle was closely followed by Boston. According to Symantec, Boston experiences an excessive amount of spam- third highest score spam infections as per the study- which, along with extensive use of Web, contributes in making Boston a possibly unsafe city for the Web users.
In frequency of Internet crimes, Washington, D.C. stood at fourth position overall, while in the risk study undertaken by Symantec, it occupied the third position. To round out top five spots, San Francisco and Raleigh, N.C. came after Washington.
Holding the sixth spot in Symantec's study, Atlanta experienced the maximum number of cyber-crime assaults. Minneapolis, that occupied the seventh place on the firm's list, scored quite high over the board, making out in top ten in terms of cyber crimes, WI-Fi hotspots and risky behavior. Overall, Denver took the eight spot mainly due to high amount of cybercrimes. Also, in terms of per capita bots and spam zombie, it stands at fifth place. On the ninth and positions is Austin (TEXAS), and at the tenth was Portland (Oregon).
Although the aforementioned ten spots occupy ranks ranging from one to ten, ranking on last on the list is Detroit, the least vulnerable city to attacks due computer viruses, malicious software, spam and computers infected by botnets.
This extensive study conducted by Symantec is based on the break down of 50 cities of U.S. and the analyzed security issues encompass attacks employed to penetrate a user's system, worms and viruses, machines that have been purposely overtaken to deliver spam, and bot-infected systems exploited by malevolent hackers to contaminate other systems.
This latest Symantec's report brings light to the fact that when it come to cyber attacks, the US is certainly the king.
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