Personal data theft jumps from 11% to 18% in six months
It's no coincidence that as more news spreads of various hacks, data breaches, and cybercrime, more people are reporting their personal online information stolen.
The Pew Research Center released a survey on Monday showing that 18 percent of US online adults reported having important personal information stolen, such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and bank account data. That is 7 percent higher than what was reported in July 2013.
While it appears that more people are becoming victims of cybercrime, the amount of US online adults who had an email or social-networking account compromised or taken over without their permission has stayed the same since last July -- at 21 percent.