#Privacy: Alaska named the most vulnerable state to cybercrime

A new risk index has been  developed whereby state-by-state statistics on four of the most common types of cybercrime was analysed. 

Created by Cardconnect, the index utilised data published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Complaint Center. 

The four types of online crime analysed were credit card fraud, identity theft, personal data breach and phishing scams, to which the number of instances per 100,000 residents were calculated, and each state was ranked from 1 to 50, with 50 being the riskiest. A combination of the totals gives an overall risk index figure. 

Although being one of the nation’s smallest populations, Alaska came in at 195 on the risk index, making it one of America’s riskiest state for cybercrime.

For phishing, Alaska got 50 out of 50 points, 49 for personal data breaches and 48 out of 50 for credit card fraud and identity theft.

In January this year, letters were sent to 87,000 people, 11.7% of Alaska’s entire population, by Alaska’s Division of Public Assistance, notifying them that their personally identifiable information (PII), such as names and Social Security numbers may have been accessed.

Nevada was named the second riskiest state for cybercrime, scoring 50 out of 50 for identity theft and personal data breach, 49 for credit card fraud, and 45 for phishing. 

Iowa was labelled the safest state on the risk index, with an overall score of 12 out 200. 

A spokesperson from Cardconnect said: “There were online 53 reports of credit card fraud in Iowa, resulting in a tiny ratio of 1.68 reports for every 100,000 residents.”

“This Midwestern state ranked in second place for credit card fraud, eighth place for phishing, and rated as the safest state of all for identity theft and personal data breaches.”

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