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Cyber crimes on the rise

FBI agents in Oregon say the number of computer-related crimes has soared in the state, with losses surpassing $24 million this year alone.

Posted: Nov 9, 2019 2:13 PM
Updated: Nov 9, 2019 3:17 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. --- FBI agents in Oregon say the number of computer-related crimes has soared in the state, with losses surpassing $24 million this year alone.

Most of the money has been stolen by organized crime groups targeting individuals and employees of organizations with access to a lot of money.

Officials say they trick victims into making wire transfers to bank accounts controlled by the criminals.

The FBI said on Friday that in 2018, $12.4 million was stolen from victims in Oregon using this so-called business email compromise. From January through Sept. 30 of 2019, losses totaled around $12 million, on track to exceed last year.

Other cyber crimes include romance scams and extortion.

Officials say the Portland school district was targeted recently, with almost $3 million lost but recovered because of quick reporting and action.

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