The 10 Riskiest Cities for Cyber-Crime identified in the The Norton Top 10 Riskiest Online Cities report make up a laundry list of the most famous places in the country.
The top 10 listed are:
- Washington, D.C.
- San Francisco
- Raleigh, N.C.
- Austin, Texas
- Portland, Ore.
(From a GovTech.com article) Other notable cities in the remaining 40 include Honolulu (11), Las Vegas (13), San Diego (14), New York (24), Los Angeles (30), Houston (32), Phoenix (34) and Chicago (35). Rankings were determined from Symantec data on cyber-crime, third-party data on online behavior and demographic data from Sperling.
These cities have been ranked based on the numbers of malicious attacks received; potential malware infections; spam zombies; bot-infected machines; and places that offer free Wi-Fi, per capita. They were also ranked based on the prevalence of Internet use; computer use, based on consumer expenditures for hardware and software; and risky online activity, like purchasing via the Internet, e-mail and accessing financial information.
Seattle ranked in the top 10 of all categories, which is how it wound up as No.1 riskiest city in the survey.
“When you look at the data, they are way ahead on all these measures, so you’ve got a concentration of heavy usage of technology engaging in the kinds of activities that we know increase your risk of being a victim of cyber-crime,” said Marian Merritt, Norton Internet Safety Advocate.