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Cybercrime Top 10 Rankings: China is No. 1 While U.S. Records Highest Rate of Security Breaches

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The U.S. is ranked 10th in a listing of countries with the highest rates of cybercrimes, according to Bscholarly, an academic and legal blog.

Crime categories range from stealing and fraud to identity theft, money laundering, intellectual property heists, kidnapping, sex trafficking, espionage and more.

The Top 10

Here’s Bscholarly’s full list of countries their unique security issues:

  1. China tops the list of countries with the highest rate of cybercrime and is third on the list of most breached countries in the world. In 2021, China recorded up to 5,000 cases of online gambling alone out of an estimated total of 65,000 cases relating to cybercrime in the same year. The major targets are usually defense, communications and technologies industries.
  2. Russia in 2021 recorded over 500,000 crimes being fostered and committed with the aid of the internet space and telecommunication devices.
  3. India in 2021 recorded more than 52,000 cases of cybercrimes. Cybercrime in India is principally regulated by the Information and Technology Act of 2000.
  4. Brazil in the first six months of 2020 recorded over 320,000 cybercrime incidents. The nation ranks 5th in cybercrime target countries. Most of the targets are financing and banking.
  5. Iran “... has created a safe haven where cyber criminals acting for personal gain flourish and defendants like these are able to hack and extort victims, including critical infrastructure providers,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department's National Security Division. Iran has the means, the technology and the manpower.
  6. Nigeria loses over 0.8% of its Gross Domestic Product to internet fraud per annum. According to the FBI ranking, Nigeria is ranked 16th on victims of cybercrimes in the world.
  7. Germany in 2019 recorded and handled over 300,000 cases of cybercrimes. The following year, records showed an 8% increase in the incidences of cybercrime. Germany loses up to 0.7% of its Gross Domestic Product to cyber fraud yearly.
  8. Vietnam, according to The Vietnam National Security Centre, reported more than 1,300 attacks in January 2022 alone, for a 10% increase as compared to the previous year.
  9. Poland's 2020 survey show3e that 29% of businesses were victims of a cyberattack.
  10. United States is the country recording the highest rate of breaches in the world. In the first half of 2022, more than 50 million U.S. citizens had been affected by cybercrimes.
D. Howard Kass

D. Howard Kass is a contributing editor to MSSP Alert. He brings a career in journalism and market research to the role. He has served as CRN News Editor, Dataquest Channel Analyst, and West Coast Senior Contributing Editor at Channelnomics. As the CEO of The Viewpoint Group, he led groundbreaking market research.