Cyber crime is a $6 trillion a year industry

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Last week's WannaCrypt attack infected over 200,000 devices and is estimated to have made its perpetrators $72,000.

Increasingly scammers and criminals are seeing the internet as a means of making financial returns. Cyber crime has become a serious business and no business or information is safe from attack.

Threat detection company Pwnie Express has produced an infographic analyzing the cyber crime industry. Among the highlights are that more than 159 million records containing sensitive information were compromised in 2015. Over 300 million new pieces of malware were released in 2014, and 60 percent of small businesses cease operating six months after facing a cyber attack.

You can see more details about how big the cyber crime industry has become in the animated graphic below.

Cyber crime info

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