Young adults top target for mobile hackers, claims Kaspersky


Research reveals data loss following phone losses or thefts are more prevalent for those aged between 16 and 24

Young adults are more likely than adults to have their data privacy stolen by hackers following the loss or theft of their mobile phones.

This is according to Kaspersky who surveyed 12,355 people aged 16 and over across 26 countries in June last year.

The research found that 26 per cent of users under the age of 24 had lost their phone over the last year. This number drops to 14 per cent for users aged over 24.

Of the 16 to 24-year-olds affected, 83 per cent said they had their online accounts hacked, or personal information leaked. Only 77 per cent of those aged over 24 admitted to suffering similar consequences.

Kaspersky Lab principal security research David Emm said: “The vast majority of us store sensitive personal information on mobiles, whether that’s pictures of our loved ones, personal email messages, passwords to access our online bank account or other aspects of our daily lives.

“Unlike a traditional computer or laptop, a smartphone provides unrestricted access to our online accounts such as e-mail, social networks, etc. – without the need for individual passwords. So, a weak PIN or passcode becomes a single point of failure, opening up our whole life to anyone who is able to gain access to the device.