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3/23/2010
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Keith Ferrell
Keith Ferrell
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Cyber Cities Attract Cyber Crooks -- Ya THINK?

Symantec's new list of the top cities for cyber crime risks rounds up the usual suspects (the more cyber-savvy the city, the more crooks that come there) -- and offers some important reminders no matter where you work and live.

Symantec's new list of the top cities for cyber crime risks rounds up the usual suspects (the more cyber-savvy the city, the more crooks that come there) -- and offers some important reminders no matter where you work and live.Seattle's the top cyber crime city in the U.S., according to figures from Symantec Security Response.

Playing no coastal favorites, the survey found Boston in second place, with the Norton Top Ten Riskiest rounded out as follows:

1)Seattle 2)Boston 3)Washington, D.C. 4)San Francisco 5)Raleigh, N.C. 6)Atlanta 7)Minneapolis 8)Denver 9)Austin, TX 10)Portland, OR

While a measure of this falls in the "No, d'uh!" department -- really wired (and wireless) cities with really wired (and wireless) populations are gonna draw really wired (and wireless) crooks -- the point of the exercise lies in the observation that not only are these cities hyper-convenient for online activities, that level of convenience also enables careless online behavior.

True everywhere, but even truer in well-connected connected communities:

Always available means always on means always at risk means always on guard.

A closer look at the data, including the top 50 riskiest cities is here.

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