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[] US-Justizministerium gründet neue Abteilung zu Cybercrime,

Justice Revs Up Anti-Cybercrime Efforts 

By Wilson P
04 Feb 2002, 12:45 PM CST

Dizard III, Government Computer News. 

The U.S. Justice Department by April will beef up its focus on
cybercrime deterrence by staffing what will become its largest computer
crimefighting unit. 

Jack Hanly, supervisor of the cybercrime team for the Eastern District
of Virginia in Alexandria, said his group would assign seven assistant
U.S. attorneys, five from Alexandria and one each from Richmond and
Norfolk, to form a team. 

The department last month announced plans to expand its prosecutorial
cybercrime efforts, beginning with a major East Coast team out of the
Alexandria office.
Previously, the Virginia team had been a one-man operation run by Hanly.
He said he expects to add the first of the new attorneys by month?s end,
and the remainder will come on board in March. 

"We'll be focusing on computer intrusions in the federal and private
sector," Hanly said. The prosecution team would handle private-sector
cases in which losses
exceeded $5,000. "We'll be focusing on thefts of confidential
information through computer networks from high-tech companies, and on
Internet fraud scams." 

The prosecution team also will tackle identity theft and credit card
fraud cases involving the Internet. Hanly said other federal law
enforcement agencies,
including the FBI, Customs Bureau and Secret Service, planned to
increase their investigative resources in Northern Virginia, too. 

Hanly said Northern Virginia is an important area for cybercrime
enforcement because so much Internet traffic passes through the area and
many high-tech companies are headquartered there. 

Reported by Government Computer News, 

12:45 CST
Reposted 13:02 CST 


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