69% of Aussies hit by cyber crime

The majority of Australian adults have been affected by cyber crime at some time, new research shows.

According to the Norton Cybercrime Report, which surveyed 7,000 adults from 14 countries, 69 per cent of Aussies have been subjected to cyber crime, with the most common type being computer viruses or malicious software.

In addition, it was found that Australian consumers are breaking some "basic safety rules" by not using separate credit or debit cards and email addresses for online purchases.

Commenting on the findings, Alistair MacGibbon of the Internet Safety Institute told the AAP that each case of cyber crime costs Aussies more than $600.

"Everyone online is vulnerable … you might be bulletproof when it comes to your technology but you can still be tricked," he said.

The warning may interest online shoppers looking to compare debit cards in search of the best spending tools. It comes as Australian Federal Police commissioner Tony Negus, this week launched a three-day Australian High Tech Crime Conference in Sydney.

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