Around 170,000 Dutch people indicated in 2018 that one or more social media accounts were hacked in the past year. That amounts to 1.8 percent of the Dutch population aged twelve years and older with internet access, reports the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) in its annual Cyber Security Monitor published on Wednesday.
In nearly half of the cases (45 percent), a hacker could break into the account because the offender had access to the password. This can happen because people use the same password for multiple services, have their password swing or use an easily guessed password.
The Cyber Security Monitor also shows that a total of more than 1.4 million people in 2018 indicated to have fallen victim to cyber crime in the past year. That amounts to 8.5 percent of Dutch people aged twelve or older with internet access.
In addition to burglary on social media accounts, the Dutch are the most often victims of a hack of their e-mail account; it concerns a quarter of the cases. In addition, hacks on computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones also occur in a relatively small number of cases.
The figures only include hacks where breaking into the account is the primary purpose of the offense. Crime whereby an unauthorized person logs in to an account with a different intention, for example to steal money, is registered differently.
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