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Irish least scared among EU citizens of terrorist attack risk

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Cyber crime is a big worry

Cyber crime is a big worry

Cyber crime is a big worry

Irish people feel less threatened by the risk of terrorism than citizens of any other EU member state, a new EU-wide survey shows.

Research carried out by the EU's Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on the security concerns and experiences of EU citizens also revealed that Irish people reported one of the highest levels of being victims of online banking fraud in the past five years.

It showed only 3pc of Irish people said they were worried about being caught up in a terrorist attack in the next 12 months compared with the EU average of 19pc.

The figure was as high as 52pc among Spaniards, while other countries whose citizens believed there was a high risk of terrorist attacks in the near future included France and Italy.

The survey of more than 35,000 people across the EU's 27 member states, as well as the UK, was conducted last year before restrictions were introduced to combat the spread of Covid-19.

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It revealed that 77pc of Irish people said they were not worried about the threat of a terr-orist attack in the following year, compared with the EU average of 53pc.

The survey showed that the fear of someone gaining illegal access to their online data is the key concern of European citizens, with 55pc stating it was a worry.

Nearly three in five Irish people were worried about their online data being accessed without their knowledge or being shared on the internet.

Two-thirds expressed concern about their online data being misused by fraudsters and criminals, while a quarter of Europeans said they were worried that their online bank account or payment card details would be misused.

However, fewer than one in 10 EU citizens had actually been the victim of such crimes in the previous five years.

Irish people reported the fourth highest level of being the victim of cyber crime, with 14pc claiming they had experienced an incident where their online bank account or payment card had been used without their permission to defraud or steal from them.

People in the UK, France and Denmark reported the highest levels of having experienced online banking fraud.