12 On Your Side: Are you being targeted by a cybercriminal?

By: Jerome Collins Email
By: Jerome Collins Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / November 18, 2013


"Somebody would take advantage of somebody. it really, it really hurt my heart, says Emily Wynn after she was taken for $400 last August in a secret shopper scam.

A month later Dennis Tate provided a cyber criminal his personal information. "If I was interested give him my social security number birth date and he would run a background," says Tate. He later discovered it was a job scam. Both Wynn and Tate were targets of cyber criminals.

"It can be as simple as a wrong click of the mouse and you've opened up your entire financial and personal records," says Jessica Hanson with the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce. "Of course we had the

South Carolina Department of Revenue security breach last year, so in our state it's a huge deal when your state government is attacked and of course that lets you know how susceptible you are," says Hanson. That cyber attack left 3.5 million social security numbers exposed to criminals.

"There's a new cyber threat everyday. There are different hackers that come out everyday with something new," says Hanson.

To bring more awareness of the risks of cyber attacks, the North Augusta Chamber is coordinating with Fort Gordon. "Because Fort Gordon is full of some of the world's best experts at cyber security and cyber attacks," says Hanson.

Several months ago the Army announced it would consolidate all of its cyber-intelligence training to Fort Gordon which also houses a national security agency lab. "We decided to utilize them in our community and give our chamber members and the public a chance to come and find out how they can detect attacks and how they can protect themselves and their businesses," says Hanson.

She says healthcare providers and financial institutions are the most targeted.

The cyber crime conference is Wednesday, November 18, at 7:15 a.m.
North Augusta Community Center 495 Brookside Ave. N. Augusta, S.C.

$15 for members and $25 for non-members and the general public
For more information you can call 803-279-3737

Representatives from Intelius Systems will be on site. The company is a public records business that provides information services including background checks and identity theft protection.

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