On the occasion of Safer Internet Day, the Israeli Internet Association published today (Tuesday) an annual summary of data reported on personal harm on the Internet that reached the association's helpline.
According to the report, the main arena where the complainants were harmed is Instagram with 24% of the reported vulnerabilities.
In second place is Facebook with 18% of the reported vulnerabilities.
7% of the reported vulnerabilities happened on WhatsApp and TikTok, each.
The most common non-cyber attack, according to the report, is sexual assault.
Among the sexual abuses, according to the reports, the most common sexual abuse was the distribution of intimate content without permission.
Among Arab applicants, a high percentage of the complaints were about attempts at sexual blackmail through impersonation on social networks (a phenomenon known as "sextortion").
The social network that recorded the most significant jump in the number of references about an injury that occurred on it is Tiktok.
If in 2019 there were only 7 reports of vulnerabilities in this network, and in 2020 and 2021 there were 70 and 87 vulnerabilities respectively, then in 2022 a threefold jump was recorded in this network, to 201 inquiries about vulnerability.
According to the report, a quarter of the calls to the union's hotline were in the field of "vulnerability and violence on the Internet".
A third of them - on the subject of sexual violence.
A little less than a quarter of the inquiries (23%) were in the field of cyberbullying, which includes exposure to violence, harassment and incitement.
In third place among the common complaints that are not cyber, is privacy violation (13%), in fifth place is impersonation (12%).
And finally, slander (7.2%).
In Arab society, according to the report, most applicants are women (60%) and men only 40%.
In terms of the content of referrals, most referrals in the Arab sector were in the area of sexual violence (40%).
In second place is online violence and bullying (27%), and in third place are fake accounts (24%).
Inquiries in the cyber field occupied 43% of the total number of inquiries.
77% of the inquiries were about hacking and taking over the applicant's account.
23% of the inquiries were about phishing and online scams.
But not all is bad.
According to the information revealed, during the year 2022 there was actually a decrease in the total number of inquiries received at the hotline.
A total of 3343 applications were received last year, compared to the year before (2021), in which there were 4077 applications - a significant decrease of 734 applications.
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