Criminals Access Information from Email Accounts
Scott County-With the holiday season just a few short months away, Scott County Sheriff’s Office Special Deputy Adam Bomar, a specially trained Cyber Security and Forensics Professional, is leading the effort on behalf of the Sheriffs Office in seeking out criminals using computer networks against our citizens. Recently, Deputy Bomar discovered where cyber criminals were accessing citizens’ banking and other credit accounts that were tied to their personal email accounts, resulting in lost funds and fraudulent credit charges. Deputy Bomar suggests the following to protect your personal accounts from these criminal elements;
• Go to the website haveibeenpwned.com…this website will assist you in determining if your email account or other websites you have attached to an email account have been breached. A listing of sources where your email may have been compromised will show…your next step would be to go to that possibly breached account and change your password, preferably to a more secure multi-factor authentication (MFA). Additionally, verify the listed activity on the account and if you discover fraudulent activity, report your account as compromised to the applicable banking or credit organization.
Sheriff Goodin advised the following…“cyber crime investigators require special capabilities and training to do what they do…we are very blessed to have Special Deputy Bomar on the Sheriff’s Office Team, protecting and serving our citizens in the fight against cybercrime”.