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Poll: More than half of Russians fear being robbed through bank card data skimming

January 11, 15:16 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The respondents say they fear having their money siphoned away through SMS or e-mail data hacking
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MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. More than half of Russians (65%) fear their money and personal data from electronic accounts and banking cards can be stolen, according to the results of a survey conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center.

"The respondents are mostly concerned about theft of money from their credit cards and electronic accounts, as well as personal data theft - 65% ··of respondents mentioned it respectively," according to the statement.

Those polled also said they feared having their money siphoned away through SMS or e-mail data hacking (56%).

Sociologists note that every third Russian faces illegal electronic access by third-parties, or intrusion via mobile communication and Internet services.

The highest percentage of such cases is among young people (36% among 18-34-year-olds), residents of Moscow and St. Petersburg (37%) active Internet users (38%) residents of medium-size cities (43%).

According to the survey, only 36% of Russians feel protected against such risks, while 58% feel quite vulnerable to them.

The All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center conducted the poll on December 10-11, 2016. In total, 1,600 people from 130 communities in 46 regions and republics of eight federal districts of Russia took part in it. The statistical error does not exceed 3.5%.

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