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SCI/TECH: FBI opens new computer crime lab

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posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 03:27 PM
With the growth in both consumer and commercial use of the Internet has come an disproportionate growth in the criminal use of the Internet, commonly known as “Cyber-crime.” The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking this new crime wave very seriously by making it a high priority, just behind terrorism.

Computer Crime Research Center
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The FBI opened a new lab Tuesday dedicated to detecting computer-related crimes and training federal, state and local police to catch Internet pedophiles, frauds and thieves. It is the second such lab the FBI has opened in the United States, and it will serve one of 50 computer crime task forces that have been set up around the country to increase cooperation among law enforcement agencies.

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The FBI has made computer crimes a top priority, just behind terrorism-related work, because computers are used in such a wide variety of crimes today, said Keith Lourdeau, deputy assistant director of the FBI's cyber crime division in Washington. In Connecticut alone, computers lately have figured in all kinds of cases, from the death of 12-year-old Christina Long at the hands of a man she met online, to the public corruption of former state treasurer Paul Silvester. Computer crimes also are committed across state lines and national borders, Lourdeau said. An e-mail scam ring can just as easily operate out of Cambodia as Connecticut.

Investigating crime in the near-anonymous and borderless realm of the Internet is a daunting task even for an organization with the resources of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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