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Prepare For Cyber 9-1-1

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Brace for a "Cyber Nine Eleven" -  that warning comes from Benjamin Lawsky, New York State’s top bank and insurance regulator.

Lawsky issued the warning during a talk at the University at Albany’s School of Business on Thursday. The Times Union quoted New York's superintendent of the state Department of Financial Services - "Money is the oxygen that is fueling the fire of international terrorism.” Lawsky told the gathering that cyber security threats into the financial markets keep him awake at night.

He fears a major cyber terror attack on the financial markets – that he says could trigger mass panic and possibly a run on banks.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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