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U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta adds cyber crime unit

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John Horn (Source: United States Attorneys Office, Northern Georgia) John Horn (Source: United States Attorneys Office, Northern Georgia)

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta is adding a cyber crime unit to fight what it calls a growing threat.

U.S. Attorney John Horn announced Tuesday that his office is one of 30 nationwide that recently got an additional prosecutor position to boost its efforts to fight cyber crime.

He said five prosecutors will be dedicated to the investigating and prosecuting cyber crimes.

"There's a lot of big companies here and they have a lot of data, they have a lot of intellectual property that needs protecting and so we are hoping to work with them more closely," he said. "To protect their data, to protect their customer lists, protect their employees.”

Horn said his office has been investigating cyber crimes for several years, but the new team will add more structure to the effort and allow them to take on more cases.

The announcement comes on the heels of the arraignment Friday of two Nigerian citizens who were extradited from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Atlanta to face charges. Damilola Solomon Ibiwoye and Olayinka Olaniyi are accused in a series of alleged "phishing scams" targeting Georgia Tech and other colleges and universities across the country.

Federal prosecutors say the pair used the scams to capture school employees' login and password information and used the information to send payroll deposits to bank accounts they controlled.

With Cyber Monday approaching, Horn also shared tips with online shoppers for keeping personal information safe. 

First, he said to update your computer's antivirus software.

Next, he said to make sure you're going to legitimate sites.

"Be careful when you receive emails and it has a link in it or an attachment. We recommend that you don’t click on that link that you don’t open that attachment," said Horn." It’s better to go ahead and type the internet address on your browser and go to the website that way.”

He also encouraged shoppers to look for "https" with a lock icon in the browser when you visit a website, which indicates it's a secure site.

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