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Cybercriminals Threaten Economic, Personal Safety

Michigan’s computer community is at war — a cyberwar against organized gangs of computer criminals who are attacking businesses, government agencies and financial and medical institutions. “It’s happening almost every hour,” said Dan Lohrmann, chief security officer for the state Department of Information Technology. “Whether it’s from hackers or hostile governments or terrorists, the economic and safety risks are huge.” Lohrmann was one of more than 100 top computer security experts who gathered at Walsh College’s Novi campus Wednesday for a conference sponsored by InfraGard (www.infragard.net). On an average day, 186 people attempt unauthorized access to state computers containing databases with medical files, driving records, highway and electrical distribution grids and other things. In the hands of criminals, such data could be used for identity theft or the disruption of governmental services. “Everybody is holding their collective breath,” said Jeff Recor, president of Olympus Security of Rochester and a Walsh College adjunct professor. Recor frequently works with the FBI and Secret Service to investigate computer break-ins. Full Story

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