Numbers in the News

Shelly Le


Percentage of Americans who use the internet everyday.


Average number of hours Americans spend online per month.


Percentage of worldwide internet users who engage in social networking.


Number of online sites the average internet user visits in a month.


Number of warrants federal authorities needed to obtain data from three WikiLeaks associates’ Twitter accounts earlier this month.

$559 million

Amount victims of Internet-related crimes lost in 2009, up 110 percent from 2008.

1.5 million

Number of Facebook accounts whose usernames and passwords were placed for sale on an underground hacker forum in 2010.

Sources: The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, The Internet Crime Complaints Center, CNET.