Current DateSeptember 28, 2021

Which countries are most exposed to cyberattacks?

In recent years, cyberattacks have become a worldwide scourge. Recently, a virtual private network (VPN) service provider presented its cybercrime exposure index. According to this index, developed countries are the most vulnerable.

In a publication on its website, NordVPN looked at the risks faced by states, in collaboration with Statista. Together, these companies have developed the Cyber Risk Index (CRI) which classifies 50 countries according to their vulnerability to cyberattacks. Statista has collected socio-economic, digital and cybercrime and crime data in these countries.

According to the ranking, the most vulnerable countries are Iceland, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Norway and the United States. These are some of the richest and most developed countries in the world. The least vulnerable countries include India, Nigeria, Iraq, Indonesia and South Africa.

In particular, he focused on the case of India. According to him, this country is one of the least vulnerable countries because only a third of the population uses the Internet. In addition, only a quarter of the inhabitants have a smartphone. The Cyber Risk Index then reflects the situation of India as a whole and paints a socio-economic picture of the country.

In January 2020, the United States Federal Reserve (FED) conducted a study dealing with the risks of cyber attack on the banking system. Indeed, the American central bank is worried about the situation and wishes to warn the banking world. According to the results, a large-scale cyber attack could cause banks to lose 2.7 times the GDP of the United States.

Remember that 2019 is the year of ransomware, these famous attacks blocking machines and then asking for ransoms. These large-scale attacks doubled last year compared to 2018. Finally, the current Covid-19 crisis has also revealed the will to act of hackers. Some of them send fraudulent emails hiding a cyber attack based on fear of the coronavirus.

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