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FBI: Cyber Crime to Become Top Priority

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FBI: Cyber Crime to Become Top Priority - top government contractors - best government contracting eventThe Federal Bureau of Investigation recently predicted cyber crime will become the agency’s top priority within the next few years.

According to a report by Ohio’s WBNS-10TV, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Robert White said criminals are always finding new ways to exploit victims and businesses, which keeps the U.S. at risk. He explained the average web user is the most vulnerable.

“Given our connection to the Internet, and our infrastructure and everything being computerized, it also lends itself to possible cyber terrorism,” White said. 

One of the newest and most popular modes of attack is “spear phishing,” which has experienced a recent uptick due to its low cost and efficiency. This type of attack comes in the form of an email containing a malicious code that infects a user’s computer once clicked.

“Let’s say that I know you are interested in the new park downtown, so I might send you a phishing email saying (to) check out these pictures of the new park and one of these has a malicious code so you’ll click on it and now you are infected,” White told WBNS-10TV.

To protect against this vicious malware, White recommended users store their data in an encrypted form, separate accounts on the system, install antivirus, antispyware and firewall protection and turn the computer off when not in use.

According to Invincea Founder and CEO Anup Ghosh, those behind spear phishing attacks range from Nigerian scammers, adware affiliate marketers, to organized crime and foreign governments.

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