Cybercrime worrying Kiwis

  • 24/11/2015

Cybercrime has cost New Zealand more than a quarter of a billion dollars in the past year, with around one in five people impacted.

Approximately 856,000 New Zealanders have been impacted by online crime, costing around $300 per person, in the past year according to Symantec research released on Tuesday.

Kiwis tend to treat the internet with suspicion with 83 percent believing they will be victim of online crime while one in six think it's more likely their credit card information will be stolen online than physically taken.

Symantec director Mark Gorrie said confidence has been compromised following a number of breaches that have exposed the identities of millions of people making routine purchases online.

"Our findings demonstrate that the headlines rattled people's trust in mobile and online activity," he said.

"But it hasn't led to widespread adoption of simple protection measures people should take to safeguard their devices and information online."

A majority of Kiwis don't use a secure password - one using a combination of at least eight letters, numbers and symbols - for all their accounts while one in three share their banking account password.

Cyber Crime in New Zealand (Norton by Symantec)