May 28, 2013 at 2:28 pm
ST. CLOUD, Minn (KNSI) - There's a new and trending form of crime impacting Minnesota and the world - cybercrime.
The topic of digital security and practices was the focus of a presentation hosted by MN Representative Michele Bachmann and three members of the FBI today at the Stearns History Museum.
The three-hour seminar, which included a house packed with citizens, business owners and local government officials, highlighed that cybercrime is an over $100 billion a year problem, affecting 18 people every second the world over.
Bachmann tells KNSI News this trend is due to the fact that digital information is some of the most valuable property a person can own.
"Our real value is contained electronically in databases, on our computers and various servers," she says. "Unfortunately, theives have changed. People still want to steal form us, but they're mining our electronic databases."
Bachmann says these cyber criminals are particularly devastating because they can strike from any location.
"It's a very different crime - someone could be in China, and they can gain access to our computers," Bachmann explains. "They can compromise, change or steal that data. It's happening with increasing frequency. It's very serious. And it's something people need to be aware of."
Bachmann adds, the digital security threat extends to portable devices as well, including hackers' ability to break in to personal mobile phones and tablets remotely to steal or alter information.
Bachmann says her office will continue to post information, tips and comments from constituents on the topic on her website, bachmann.house.gov.
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