The Financial Crimes Unit of the Tallahassee Police Department handles about 1,000 cases of identity theft a year, costing consumers nationwide more than $1 billion this year alone.
George Creamer says, "It's getting faster and faster, it's branched out from just becoming a localized group to incorporations, young and old as far as suspects."
And now more terrorists have become suspects. New technology makes it impossible to duplicate or counterfeit passports and other IDs all used by terrorists to enter the U.S., causing a catastrophe like the events of 9/11, and with the Internet becoming more popular, the threat of cyber terrorism is also lingering.
Bob Breeden says, "Terrorists can sit in their own soil and access computers all over the world. It's very possible that either foreign terrorists or domestic terrorists could access their systems, stealing their information or using their system as a cover to gain anonymity for their criminal behavior."
New technology will revolutionize the way information is protected. Dynatrax technology fools hackers into thinking they've succeeded and also tracks down the source of the invasion.
Local officials say although much is being done to protect Americans from the unexpected, we must first protect ourselves.
Breeden adds, "Most important thing is education, what they can do and how to keep your computers safe and information that's stored on those computers."