Symantec has listed a listing of the top 10 cities in the U.S. that are most at risk to cybercrime. According to a Symantec press release in .pdf format below, the compnay obtained data from an independent research firm Sperling’s BestPlaces to assemble the top 10. Here is a highlight of what the report states:

The following are ranked the Norton Top 10 Riskiest Online Cities:
1.) Seattle
2.) Boston
3.) Washington, D.C.
4.) San Francisco
5.) Raleigh, N.C.
6.) Atlanta
7.) Minneapolis
8.) Denver
9.) Austin, Texas
10.) Portland, Ore.

The rankings were determined through a combination of Symantec Security Response’s data on cyberattacks and potential malware infections, as well as third-party data about online behavior, such as accessing wifi hotspots and online shopping.

At the top of the rankings, Seattle claims the dubious distinction of America’s leading riskiest cybercrime city, placing near the top in categories such as cyberattacks and potential infections; online behavior that can expose people more to cybercrime, such as online shopping and banking online; and wireless Internet access.

Boston and Washington, D.C. follow in second and third place. Both cities experience a very high level of cybercrime, perhaps due in part to their large number of WiFi hotpots.

High-tech hubs San Francisco and Raleigh are ranked fourth and fifth. San Francisco tops the list for riskiest online behavior and highest number of WiFi hotspots per capita. Many of these cities are considered some of the most tech-savvy cities in the nation, proving that even skilled and experienced Internet users are at risk when it comes to cybercrime and online insecurity.

Rounding out the top 10 are Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver, Austin and Portland. According to the Norton research, Atlanta residents experience the most cyberattacks and potential infections. Minneapolis and Portland are near the top for risky online behavior, while Denver and Austin score high across the board

These are interesting facts if the methodology of collecting the information holds true. But does this mean that if you live outside of these areas you are less likely to become a victim? I am not sure that this would be the case. It would seem to me that any of us could be a victim of cybercrime no matter where we live. If you read the entire report it seems that only the largest U.S. cities were analyzed.

What do you think?

Symantec press release in .pdf format