This article is the archived version of a report that appeared in June 2009 Consumer Reports magazine.
Net threats are almost as prevalent today as when we first conducted our survey five years ago, costing consumers billions in damages. The number of U.S. phishing attacks has increased significantly since last year, according to the Anti-Phishing Working Group.
|The incidence of heavy spam is as high as last year.||The frequency is the same as in last year’s survey.||545,000 households had to replace computers in the past six months.||34,758 attacks in December 2008 alone.|
|National incidence||1 in 3 had heavy levels of spam.||1 in 7 had serious problems.||1 in 12 had serious problems.||1 in 90 lost money.|
|Total damage||N/A||$5.8 billion||$1.7 billion||$483 million|