Federal official warns of hackers, says kids are targets

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Cybersecurity Awareness Month is happening now, and Homeland Security Investigations warns that your child could be a target.

HSI cyber intrusion specialist Scott Titus says the agency has recently seen an increase in targeted children online.

“What we are finding is that people are more connected to their internet than they have been in the past,” he said.

Titus said social media plays a large part in how hackers could gain access to important information from your child, and they will stop at nothing to do so.

“A lot of these criminals, whether it’s sexual exploitation or any other crime of victimization, utilize those opportunities to target them,” Titus said. “Oftentimes, they will befriend them and pretend to be somebody that they’re not.”

Hackers then use that opportunity to infiltrate your privacy, so Titus said parents should monitoring their kids’ activity.

“Trust that they’re doing the right thing,” he said. “But check their devices every once in a while or check their social media accounts and make sure they’re not into a situation that they don’t know how to get out of.”

For more information regarding cybersecurity and keeping your family safe online, visit www.ICE.gov.

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