HONG KONG is a thriving economy, which naturally makes it one of the top targets in the region when it comes to cybercrime.
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According to latest reports, in the first nine months of this year, Hong Kong’s residents and companies sustained more than 9,000 cyberattacks and lost HK$2 billion (US$256.3 million) to hackers and cyber criminals.
Compared to last year, that’s a 55 percent jump in the number of attacks — and compared to 2012 figures, the first nine months of this year jumped 565 percent.
However, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported that the numbers are actually much higher than reported.
It found that computers and mobile devices in the country sustained about one million cyberattacks on one digital security network alone over a period of three months from April to June this year.