ATLANTA — As the holiday season approaches, many people will be shopping online, and that has cyber security experts worried.

They are already seeing more cyber-attacks and that could get worse as more people jump online.

The U.S. Census Bureau reported last year was the biggest year for new businesses that were created. Experts are expecting the same for this year, but because of this, they say cyber attackers are not only going after consumers who are shopping online but also small mom and pop businesses.

So far this year, many of those last-minute shoppers say they’re trying to get a head start on holiday shopping.

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Shoppers like Hannah Wilde say that while she’s doing some of her shopping in person, the other half will be online.

“Usually, I’m kind of a last-minute planner,” Wilde said.

She’ll be joining millions of holiday shoppers across the metro area who’ve resorted to online sales since the pandemic.

It’s an increase that makes shoppers not only susceptible to good deals, but also scams.

Cybersecurity expert Andy Green with Kennesaw State University told Channel 2′s Ashli Lincoln that they’re already seeing a trend of cyber attackers finding new ways to go after consumers and small business pockets.

“As consumers we need to be mindful that these attacks are coming in and they could come in from this direction, or they might come in from this direction, or this direction but the concepts of…

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