Reuters/Getty Images The first ever global survey by Oxford Global Research on how the internet is changing workplaces and society has revealed some startling findings.
The Oxford Global Forum on Cyber Security found that for the first time in its history, over a third of all internet-enabled workplaces were cyber-anonymised, with the vast majority of the victims choosing not to report the issue to the authorities.
In addition, the Forum’s research showed that more than half of those who use the internet as a platform for communicating with colleagues, family, friends, and co-workers were also not reporting it to authorities.
What’s more, the findings also revealed that nearly half of the cyber-users surveyed felt they had not reported the cybercrime to authorities, with an estimated one in five reporting it as a cyber-crime.
While some people may have had no idea they had been hacked or that their personal data had been stolen, many found themselves the victim of cybercrime.
The majority of respondents said they had experienced cybercrime before or in the past, but many also said they were not aware of the existence of cyber-bullying and other forms of bullying.
“Many of the incidents we are seeing are being committed by a cyber criminal or gang that is operating without the knowledge of the perpetrator,” said Professor Richard Ahern, the executive director of Oxford Global.
The study was carried out between June 2017 and September 2018.
It surveyed 2,000 employees and managers in over 100 companies around the world.
More than 90% of the respondents had been cyber-hacked, and a majority said that they were aware of cyberbullying, and had reported the incidents to the police.
In some cases, cyber-attackers had used their access to the internet to steal personal information.
“The vast majority (75%) of cyber criminals have used their social media accounts to create fake profiles and create false identities for themselves, while a further 22% have created fake Facebook profiles and other fake accounts to impersonate other people,” Ahern said.
The researchers also found that almost half of cyber attackers had been able to use social media platforms to spread malicious software to other employees.
“A significant number of cybercriminals are using social media to engage in a variety of activities including, but not limited to, spreading malware and Trojan horses,” the report stated.
Cyberbullying is now becoming a serious problem in almost every sector of society, with almost a quarter of people surveyed saying they had had experienced it in the previous year.
The report also revealed a disturbing trend.
Nearly half of respondents (47%) said they felt that their workplace was less safe online than it was offline, with over half of that group saying they felt they could not report their workplace cyber-threat.More:More: