Cybercrime Support Network (CSN), the national voice of cybercrime victims, today announced a $350,000 gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the organization of craigslist founder Craig Newmark.
According to a recent study by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), military personnel are finding themselves at a much higher risk of being the victims of cybercrimes and identity theft. Within that same FTC study, active duty service members are 76 percent more likely to report that a bank or credit card account has been compromised by way of identity theft. As a result, those serving our nation could face irreparable harm, and identifying the most appropriate resources to help can be overwhelming.
With this foundational sponsorship, CSN will launch a new initiative to establish a consortium in conjunction with vetted organizations of all levels that support service veterans, active-duty members, and their families. The goal is to join forces and utilize CSN as a resource to aid against cybercrime and online fraud as well as help them grapple with this life-altering occurrence. All involved parties will be provided easy to use digital toolkits and shareable resources.
“Creating this unique coalition is groundbreaking and paramount in our efforts to empower and educate service members on how to effectively respond to cyber-attacks,” said Kristin Judge, founder and CEO of CSN. “Craig has been critical to the growth of our services and ability to help victims. We are so grateful for his partnership, especially to serve our national heroes.”
“As a military spouse, I know personally how these scams can adversely affect the community,” said Rachel Dooley, Chief Marketing Officer of CSN. “Through this partnership, those burdened by these cyber-attacks will begin to feel some sense of comfort.”
“Service members devote their lives to protecting us, so it’s our duty to protect them. This campaign is a true partnership that brings the best military advocates together to facilitate a coordinated actionable response to serve military victims of cybercrime in a simple, effective manner,” said Newmark. “Being a victim of cybercrime is stressful enough. I’m proud to support CSN and their groundbreaking work in helping those who have been harmed by cybercrime and taking the stress out of identifying the right help.”