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Most dangerous US travel destinations by cybercrime

Most dangerous US travel destinations by cybercrime
Most dangerous US travel destinations by cybercrime
Written by Harry Johnson

Tourists frequently assess a variety of health and physical safety precautions; however, only a few consider their online safety.

The summertime is synonymous with the travel season. Before departing for their destination, tourists frequently assess a variety of health and physical safety precautions; however, only a few consider their online safety.

In 2021, around 500,000 Americans were victims of cybercrime and lost an excess of $6 billion, but how does that look on a state-by-state basis?

To better reflect on the current online security while traveling, cyber security experts developed a list of the most dangerous US travel destinations in terms of cybercrime.

To calculate the cybercrime index, the analysts first worked out each state’s victim count per 100,000 population. For the second measure, they calculated each victim’s average losses.

To determine the final ranking, each measure was normalized on a 0-1 scale, with 1 corresponding to the measure that would most negatively impact the final score. These measurements were then summed up and converted to a score scale of 100.

The initial cybercrime victim and cybercrime loss numbers for each state were based on Federal Bureau of Investigation 2021 statistics.

The analysts also included each state’s ranking according to its popularity as a travel destination.

Top 10 list of the most cybercrime-ridden states:

  1. North Dakota
  2. Nevada
  3. California
  4. New York
  5. District of Columbia
  6. South Dakota
  7. New Jersey
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Florida
  10. Connecticut

The calculations reveal that North Dakota and Nevada are by far the most dangerous states in terms of online safety. Both states have unique cybercrime profiles and a cybercrime index of over 57.

North Dakota is distinctive because even though there were only 87 victims per 100k population, the losses per victim stood at $31,711, which is the highest in all of America.

While victims in Nevada lost an average of $4,728 per scam, it was also the state with the highest number of victims per 100k population. The Battle Born State is also the third most common travel destination in the US.

The Golden State is also at the top of the list, with 169 victims per 100k citizens and losses at $18,302. Unsurprisingly, California ranks as the most popular travel destination.

New York is the 5th most visited state and, at the same time, 4th in terms of cybercrime severity. New Yorkers lost around $19,266 for each internet fraud case, with 151 individuals out of 100,000 encountering this misfortune.

The District of Columbia also makes the top 5 list, mainly due to the high number of victims per 100k population.

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About the author

Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for mroe than 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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