ST. LEO (FOX 3) - Through mazes of circuits and servers, the crime of the century has hit virtually everyone, including stores like Home Depot and Target.
"High-profile companies, even the Department of Defense, is falling victim to attacks," said Dr. Marwan Omar, who teaches cybersecurity at St. Leo University.
The new criminals are using keyboards instead of guns. "You can actually go online and hire cyber criminals to attacks specific targets, high-profile targets. It's almost become out of control," continued Omar.
Michael Barbee is one of the thousands of college students enrolling in cybersecurity courses. "I mean, our power grid is all online. The internet as a whole, everything we transmit goes through nodes around the country," said the 21-year-old, who plans to make cybersecurity a career.
Counselors say graduates are in demand.
"I want to be able to go out there and tell these companies that I have the skills, the drive, and the passion," offered Reena Wright, who plans to get her master's in cybersecurity.
St. Leo has a special computer lab where students practice hacking one another.
"You have to understand where the other side is coming from," said Barbee.
"I want to stop these attacks from happening," added Wright, "Because the next day could be me."