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Monthly Cyber Security Tips Bulletin
State of Oklahoma
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From the Desk of CPT Jeff Elliott, Oklahoma Office of Homeland
What is Cyber Crime?
Cyber crime is a term that covers a broad scope of criminal activity using a computer. Some common examples of cyber crime include identity theft, financial
fraud, web site defacements and cyber bullying. At an organizational level, cyber crime may involve the hacking of customer databases and theft of intellectual
property. Many users think they can protect themselves, their accounts, and their PCs with just anti-spyware and anti-virus software. Cyber criminals are
becoming more sophisticated and they are targeting consumers as well as public and private organizations. Therefore, addiitonal layers of defense are needed.
An Example of Cyber Crime
An example of one type of cyber crime is an “account takeover.” This happens when cyber criminals compromise your computer and install malicious software,
such as “keyloggers” which record the key strokes, passwords, and other private information. This in turn allows them access to programs using your log-in
credentials. Once these criminals steal your password, they may be able to breach your online bank account. These criminals can be anywhere in the world and
may be able to transfer your money almost immediately.