The following article is reprinted from the Michigan State Police October, 2016 Bulletin:
In recognition of October as Cyber Security Awareness Month, the MSP encourages Michiganders to be vigilant about their cyber security practices and to learn how to keep their personal information safe on the web.
According to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center, Michigan residents and businesses have lost more than $26.5 million to cybercriminal activities so far this year, with an average victim loss of nearly $4,000.
Cybercrimes are committed each day through “phishing” emails that appear to come from trusted sources, infected websites that unknowingly capture personal information when visited and as persuasive links that lock files until a ransom is paid.
Follow these cyber safety tips to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of a cybercrime:
To ensure the safety of Michiganders, the Michigan Cyber Command Center (MC3) serves as the single-point of contact to investigate and prosecute Michigan’s cybercrimes through partnerships and information sharing with government agencies and businesses. The MC3 is also responsible for the coordination and combined efforts of cyber emergency response during critical cyber incidents in Michigan.
If you feel you are a victim of a cybercrime, contact the MC3 at 1-877-642-9237.
For more Cybercrime safety tips, visit www.michigan.gov/cybersecurity.