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By Rachael King
Internet crime is on the rise in the U.S. As hackers use increasingly sophisticated means to break into networks and pilfer data, more Americans have fallen victim to online fraud, identity theft, and other Web crimes. In 2009, losses associated with online criminality reached nearly $560 million, compared with about $265 million in 2008, according to data from the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, which trains law enforcement agencies.
Some U.S. cities are more dangerous than others. Seattle, Boston, and Washington ranked among the riskiest places to go online, according to a Mar. 22 report from computer security software maker Symantec. The report, "Norton’s Top 10 Riskiest Online Cities," analyzed such per capita statistics as the incidence of cybercrime, the number of computers infected with malicious software, and the quantity of PCs pressed into sending spam. Here's a look at where surfing the Web can be most hazardous.