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Seattle lands first on list of most vulnerable cities to cyber-attacks

An industry study of metro areas finds Seattle ranks first for potential exposure to cyber-crime.

Norton, the division of Symantec that deals with security and anti-virus products, came up with a list of the top 50 riskiest online cities.

Symantec teamed up with research firm, Sperling’s BestPlaces, to determine the locales most susceptible to Internet crime.

Seattle ranked first. Portland ranked 10th, San Jose was 20th.

To see the full list, go to the rest of this post.


The bases for the list were:

  • Cyber attacks
  • Infections from malware
  • Accessibility of wifi
  • Widespread hopping online

The complete list of most-vulnerable cities:

1. Seattle 2. Boston 3. Washington, D.C  4. San Francisco  5. Raleigh  6. Atlanta

7. Minneapolis 8. Denver 9. Austin 10. Portland 11. Honolulu 12. Charlotte 13. Las Vegas

14. San Diego 15. Colorado Springs 16. Sacramento 17. Pittsburg 18. Oakland

19. Nashville-Davidson 20. San Jose 21. Columbus 22. Dallas 23. Kansas City 24. New York

25. Indianapolis 26. Albuquerque 27. Miami 28. Omaha 29. Virginia Beach 30. Los Angeles

31. Cincinnati 32. Houston 33. St. Louis 34. Phoenix 35. Chicago 36. Baltimore 37. Oklahoma City

38. Philadelphia 39. Jacksonville 40. Tulsa 41. San Antonio 42. Milwaukee 43. Cleveland 44. Tucson

45. Long Beach 46. Fort Worth 47. Fresno 48. Memphis  49. El Paso 50. Detroit

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