Malta Is The European Country Most Exposed To Cybercrime

 No other country in Europe is more exposed to cybercrime than Malta is, according to a new study published by Website Builder Expert (WBE).

No other country in Europe is more exposed to cybercrime than Malta is, according to a new study published by Website Builder Expert (WBE).

With a vulnerability score of 42 per cent, Malta is highly susceptible to cybercrime, despite the fact that the Maltese population hovers in the middle, in terms of actual malware and cybercrime encounters.

WBE studied the extent to which the EU is vulnerable to cybercrime, taking into account a number of factors including previous encounters with cybercrime, encounters with malicious programs, the government’s commitment to cybersecurity initiatives and the extent to which countries' internet connections are exposed.

The study not only found that Malta has an unusually high percentage of exposed internet connections (73 per cent), but also that due to a lack of cybersecurity legislation and poor international co-operation, Malta's population is actually far more at risk in the long run since there a fewer protective or preventative measures in place, even though Maltese people encounter cybercrime less frequently than their European neighbours.

On the other hand, Finland and Estonia were found to be the most cyber-secure countries in the EU with a vulnerability rating of 29 and 30 per cent respectively, followed by Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.

 

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