Symantec Names America's Cyber Crime Hot Spots

Paul Lilly

Quick, what's the most dangerous city in the U.S. when it comes to cyber crime? If you said Seattle, give yourself 500 geek points (unless you Googled), because you're correct, according to Symantec.

The security firm ranked the 50 most dangerous cities to surf the Web from, with Boston, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Raleigh, N.C. checking in behind Seattle.

"I look at it like driving a car," said Dan Nadir, the director of product management for Symantec. "Your risk of an accident is going to be greater the more you drive. If you're online more, you need to be more cautious, just like the more you're on the road, the more you should wear your seatbelt, have airbags, and rotate your tires."

Symantec got a little help from Sperling's BestPlaces to come up with the rankings, which took into account the number of malicious attacks, infected machines, and the number of zombie PCs per capita.

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