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‘SafeOC’ aims to slow dramatic rise in online threats, crime

By Greg Mellen, Behind the Badge

Richard Roll was no stranger to working with technology. For more than three years he had dabbled in the cryptocurrency market, setting up eight different accounts.

Then one day, he said, “my phone stopped working. I couldn’t call in or out.”

As Roll, of Laguna Niguel, feverishly tried to figure out what was going on, within a couple hours, six of his accounts had been wiped out.

If it could happen to Roll, who knew many of the ins and outs of the cyberworld as a former Information Technology executive, it could happen to just about anyone.

A regional effort to stem the tide of cybercrime and victimization, which stretches far beyond fraud and identity theft, is the focus of SafeOC, a newly reinvigorated public safety website and campaign that is part of the national “See Something, Say Something” anti-terrorism network.

Among its goals: cyber-crime prevention, online threat awareness and making reporting suspicious activity easier.



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