A new study has identified Arizona as the seventh worst state in the country for cybercrime. This translates into more than 60,000 Arizonans reporting cybercrimes totaling over $20 million last year. What’s surprising about this, at least at first glance, is that Arizona has just over 2% of the nation’s population, and ranks 14th in that department. You’d expect, for example, that the most populous states – California, Texas, Florida and New York – to have a relatively high percentage of cybercrime. After all, they total about a third of the population of the entire country. The question, is, why does the rate in Arizona appear to be out of sync with number of people who live here? And does where you live, your age, and your gender have anything to do with it?
If you look at a map of the United States that shows, by state, the level of cybercrime, which gender is most often the target, and the age range of the most victims, this is how the information breaks down among the top 10 or so states with the highest rates of cybercrime:
While these figures are interesting, we suggest that what they really mean is that cybercrime is a crime of opportunity. Those who engage in internet crimes such as fraud and identity theft take victims as they find them. And what is clear is that whether the issue is age, gender or location, none of those factors offers protection or immunity from cybercrime.
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