Virtual Worlds Riskier in Financial Crisis

Criminals ‘follow the money’ to where virtual and real-world economies convergeCrime against virtual communities could thrive in the economic downturn as the cyber underground looks for other ways to make money, experts say.With the financial crisis, people are more likely to spend more time at home and, thus, online, security experts say. FBI supervisory special agent Darren Mott says online virtual communities may be the next frontier for cybercriminals, as users spend more time on these sites: “You may see [more] theft or fraud [there],” he says.

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