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Cybercrime: a matter of age in Canada

Cybercrime: a matter of age in Canada

People of younger age are more vulnerable to cybercrime in the Northern country.

When it comes to Canada, cybercrime is receiving unwanted messages, identity theft, friend requests or being tagged in inappropriate pictures.

Cybercrime categories

And according to data from Statistique Canada, young women are most exposed to cybercrime attacks, as 14% of girls between 15 and 24 have experienced it, contrasting to a 9% of men in that same age rate.

On a second identification in the research, single women (13%) are more susceptible to cybercrime than their married (4%), divorced (12%) or relationship status counterparts (7%).

Discrimination and age: two top factors of Canadian cybercrime

Information from the study reveals people who have experienced discrimination in the last 5 years are who most experience cyber-attacks.

For the past years, Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantique region have been the places with more cyber-attacks than any other in the Northern territory.

Fear for personal security

These blows have caused uncertainty among the Canadian population, as 75% of women who have suffered cybercrime fear for their personal security. 56% of female victims fear for their mental stability after an attack.

Among men, 87% of victims feel their security has been violently damaged, while 64% fear for their mental health and tranquility.

  • An overview of cybercrime issues in Canada here.