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There are upsides to reporting cybercrime, authorities say

Nancy Gohring | Oct. 10, 2011
Not only might companies have ethical, civic and legal obligations to alert authorities to cyberthreats, businesses may find that the authorities can be helpful, law enforcement agents and prosecutors said on Friday.

Boeing reported good experiences working with authorities on a couple of cases, including one where a former employee was threatening employees via email. The victims were given a contact at the attorney's office to talk to about their concerns and were only named by their initials publicly. "That went a long way to help people feel a little more comfortable," said Vanessa Lee, senior counsel at Boeing.

Dunn urged people to call his office even if the losses from a cybercrime might seem small. Sometimes the perpetrators make many smaller hits that add up, and he might be able to connect smaller attacks. He recently presented a case to the district attorney's office over a $2,000 loss, he said. But he and the attorney suspect the losses may turn out to have been in the millions once they investigate further.


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