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"Prepare. Respond. Recover. It's time to get Ready LA" - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
They’re more clever, more resourceful than any cat burglar on a window ledge. And the potential for damage can be much more devastating. Cyber criminals have invaded our homes, our workplaces, even our favorite coffee houses and wireless cafes. Cyber crime is a relatively new form of illegal activity perpetrated on network communications devices such as the Internet, a telephone line or a mobile network. We know these criminals as “hackers,” “phishers” or “spammers,” and the tools of their trade as “computer viruses,” “worms” and “bots,”.

Cyber Security

Things to know about cyber crime
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  • Approximately 80% of all cyber crime is the result of insider attacks from people with firsthand knowledge of the network they are attacking.
  • Organized crime and terrorist groups actively recruit telecommunications workers to use telephone networks for committing fraud, piracy and money laundering.
  • The FBI estimates that cyber crime now totals approximately $67 billion annually
  • California is the leading state for Internet crime, with more than 15% of the national cases.
  • E-mail is the most common route (nearly 75%) by which cyber criminals make contact with their victims. This is followed, in order, by Web pages, phone contact and postal mail.
  • Common cyber crimes include theft of service, financial fraud, unauthorized access, malicious code and cyberstalking.
  • Thirty-eight percent of teenagers have been involved in software piracy

Safeguarding your computer
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  • Keep your computer updated.
  • Use security software that acts preemptively against cyber criminals.
  • Protect all of your personal information.
  • Never open an e-mail message from someone you don't know.
  • Consider additional safeguards such as biometric devices, U3 smart drives, encryption and VPN software.
  • Spread the news about recent cyber crimes and threats to fellow friends who are computer users.

If you're a cyber victim
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Darn! Where's that "Undo" key when you really need it? If you've been victimized by a cyber activity, don't waste any time taking action. With the technology available today, cyber criminals can work quickly and efficiently. Here's what you should do.

  • Disconnect from the Internet.
  • If possible, back up critical information.
  • Scan your computer with an up-to-date anti-virus program.
  • Consider re-installing your operating system.
  • Freeze possibly affected accounts, if applicable.
  • In serious cases involving theft of money or property, contact the authorities.


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