FBI, local law enforcement battle cyber crime in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 5, 21015)-- FBI Special Agent in Charge in Indiana W. Jay Abbott tells FOX59 his top priorities include fighting cyber criminals. When asked if law enforcement can keep up with cyber-crime and hacking, Abbott responded, "We are trying to. It is a constant chasing game.  You cannot do enough to protect your identity on the Internet."

Just last month, Indianapolis-based insurance giant Anthem was hacked.

Social security numbers, credit card information and possibly addresses of 80 million customers were stolen.

"That's a huge investigation and I have almost daily communications about this. Indianapolis is home to several Fortune 500 industries and make them potential targets. I encourage all people to take extra security measures.  As soon as that's been compromised, it is so hard to repair it," said Abbott.

Click here to see part one of FOX59's exclusive interview with Abbott. Click here to see part two.

Abbott says the FBI works with local law enforcement to fight cyber crime.

"On a national level, the FBI has revamped our strategy on approach to cyber crime," said Abbott.

But how can you take action and protect yourself?

The FBI recommends simple steps: update your operating system, change passwords and avoid quick clicking on unknown links, even if it appears from an e-mail address you know.

Also, watch your social media posts. Avoid putting too much information online. Simply mentioning your kids' names or even posting where you went for a run can all be used against you.

Anthem is offering free protections for affect customers after the data breach in February.

Click here for more information.