The Australian Communications Media and Authority has published a 40 page report entitled Australia’s progress in the digital economy: Participation, trust and confidence. It states that
While most Australians believe the internet has improved their daily lives, a significant number of users have also suffered from an online security breach, new ACMA research shows.
While the majority of Australians believe they know enough about online security to protect themselves, significant numbers of internet users have experienced an online security breach. In the 12 months to May 2012:
- an estimated 3.2 million internet users in Australia had their computers infected with a malware virus
- approximately 1.2 million users experienced some form of online credit card fraud. During the same period, 625,000 people also responded to an unsolicited or scam email and provided either personal information or money.