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Australians more afraid of hackers than terrorists




Australians more afraid of hackers than terrorists
Australians more afraid of hackers than terrorists



http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/7819/53/ 

By Adam Turner    
07 December 2006

Fear of identity theft and credit card fraud outweighs fear of terrorism 
amongst Australians, according to a quarterly security survey.

While Australians are more relaxed and comfortable than they were three 
months ago, more than half are still "extremely or very concerned" about 
the security of their personal information, according to the December 
Unisys Security Index - a national survey of some 1200 Australians 
conducted by Newspoll on behalf of Unisys.

After a spike in security fears in September, concern about National 
Security Issues fell 15 points to 124 over the last three months - the 
single largest decline out of the four areas canvassed by the Index. 
Concern over Financial, Internet and Personal security were also down.

"We have clearly moved on from the elevated levels recorded in September 
which was preceded by international turmoil such as the failed London 
terror plot and conflict in Lebanon," said Andrew Barkla, general 
manager and vice president, Unisys Asia Pacific.

"Yet, whilst concerns about war and terror are down, concern about 
identity theft and financial fraud remain high with more than 50 per 
cent of Australians extremely or very concerned about both issues. 
Credit/Debit Card fraud and the unauthorised access to and misuse of 
personal information have consistently remained the Top 2 concerns of 
the nation."


According to the most recent survey;

55 per cent of Australians are either extremely or very concerned about 
unauthorised access to or misuse of their personal information

53 per cent of Australians are very or extremely concerned about other 
people obtaining credit card / debit card details

45 per cent of Australians are very or extremely concerned about 
Australias national security in relation to war or terrorism


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