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Government-funded group will offer free app to screen emails for fraud

The Los Angeles Cyber Lab, a nonprofit primarily funded by the city of Los Angeles and the Department of Homeland Security, will now offer a free app to screen questionable emails for hackers and fraud.

The big picture: Businesses of any size purchase products to screen emails, but "small businesses don’t have the wherewithal to do that," said Josh Belk, executive director of the Los Angeles Cyber Lab.

Details: Announced today at a Cyber Lab-sponsored summit, the service — designed in conjunction with IBM — allows users to forward questionable-looking emails to the lab, which will send a threat analysis of the email to the app.

  • While the lab is chartered to help LA, the app is available to anyone, anywhere. "The whole world can download it," said Belk