Monday, March 30, 2009

States Take Growing Role in Cyber Crime-Fighting

Ben Bain writes on

It's unclear whether cyber crime is increasing or simply being reported more often — or a combination of the two. But as the number of cyber crime cases increase, state and local law enforcement agencies are taking an increasingly active role in investigating them.

The number of complaints that individuals filed with the Internet Crime Complaint Center jumped more than 30 percent from 2007 to 2008 and corporate cyber crimes continues to make headlines. The FBI, nonprofit National White Collar Crime Center and Bureau of Justice Assistance jointly operate the IC3.

“There are not that many lawyers who understand these types of crimes, especially on the state level,” said Domingo Rivera, a defense attorney in Richmond, Va., who has a technology background and has worked on cases at the federal and state levels.

Defense attorneys might need to brace for an onslaught. Federal agencies provide training for state and local law enforcement organizations that are continually increasing their abilities to investigate and prosecute cases.

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