EL PASO, Texas — Nearly 800,000 complaints of suspected internet crime were reported in 2020, according to the FBI. That represents an increase of more than 300,000 complaints from 2019, and reported losses exceed $4.2 billion. The FBI tells ABC-7 these crimes happened in different sectors, many occurring on social media.
“One of the most popular social media accounts we see reports 116,00 hacks a day. It is very prominent, it is easy to do as far as cyber-hackers because they train and have developed very sophisticated techniques,” said Jeanette Harper, an FBI Special Agent based in El Paso.
With more folks staying at home during the pandemic, more reports of hacking happened in 2020 – and even the social media giants are vulnerable to hacking. Just this year, Facebook fell victim to a massive data breach when a hacker released the information of more than 533 million Facebook users across 106 countries.
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