Advisory board aims to fight cyber crimes

By Erika Mahoney

May 10, 2013 Updated May 10, 2013 at 9:10 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Gov. Andrew Cuomo says just as New York fights crime on its streets, it must protect the state against crimes committed virtually.

Friday, Cuomo announced a new Cyber Security Advisory Board.

The announcement comes in the wake of a criminal flash mob, which stole $2.8 million from ATM's in New York City as part of a global operation that netted $45 million.

The Secret Service said hackers wrote programs to eliminate withdrawal limits on prepaid debit cards and hike up balances.

The New York team was given pin numbers and swept down streets hitting as many ATM's as possible.

The advisory board will help the state develop strategies to protect both public and private systems from cyber threats.

"As you might imagine with cyber issues, these are not easy issues to deal with. And I think the governor decided one thing we should do is get some outside help, from the the real experts in the world," said Bejamin Lawsky, the co-chairman of the advisory board.

The board met for several hours Friday to outline their focus.

Part of their job will include education and making sure citizens know how they can protect themselves, too.