Credit cards targeted by hackers, Italy in the top 20

The United States tops the list of countries most vulnerable to illegal data sharing. Followed by Russia and the United Kingdom

Credit cards are increasingly being targeted by cybercriminals. Italy ranks in the top 20 and is 14th overall among the countries most affected by credential theft, according to the latest cyber observatory created by the financial brokerage Central Risk Foundation.

The largest number of victims alerted about hacking live in Lazio (21.1%) and Lombardy (14%). The geographic areas where the most people are alerted are the North (37.8% overall) and the Center (36%), but relative to the south and northeast of the boot, it’s the people who get the most alerts.

In 2022, more than 1.6 million alerts were sent regarding data collected on the dark web. Alerts for phone numbers associated with first and last names are on the rise (+4.4%). The majority of the violated accounts are related to entertainment with online games and dating (37.2%) but the violation of social accounts is increasing (+125.8%).

A ranking of the continents most vulnerable to the illegal exchange of credit card data sees North America leading, up 34%, followed by Europe, which overtook Asia, while South America overtook Africa. At the bottom of the ranking is Oceania. The countries most likely to exchange credit card data are the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and India. Other countries that round out the top 10 are Canada, France, Spain, Japan and China.

Maggie Benson

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