[ISN] Training targets computer crimes

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Date: Wed Jun 05 2002 - 01:17:25 PDT

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    By Matt Caterinicchia 
    June 4, 2002
    In an attempt to reduce criminal activity in the PC world, additional
    training on investigating and prosecuting cyber criminals will be
    available this fall to personnel in the offices of the attorneys
    general in each of the 50 states.
    The National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law (NCJRL) and the
    National Association of Attorneys General have collaborated in
    preparing for the upcoming training programs.
    The training is necessary because some states have excellent programs
    in fighting cybercrime while others do not, NCJRL Director Thomas
    Clancy said. "There is also a definite need for coordination amongst
    the states in order to keep everyone on the same page," he said.
    According to Clancy, state agencies tend to be underfunded, so a $4.6
    million grant was acquired to run the program for the next two years.
    "Training is not only very expensive, but time-consuming as well," he
    said. The training will consist of four sessions at the University of
    Mississippi's Oxford campus. Initially, participants will focus on the
    basics of investigation and criminal cases involving computers. The
    second step in the learning process will include understanding of
    forensics cases and how to present the information in a court of law.  
    The final session will be a national conference in the fall of 2003
    discussing the progress of the program.
    Criminal activity over the Internet and on computer systems has become
    more sophisticated, making it extremely difficult to investigate
    crimes and prosecute "hackers." The difficulty magnifies when
    computers and other equipment are used to commit crimes across
    jurisdictional boundaries.
    In recent years, criminal activity involving pornography and fraud,
    for example, had migrated to the Internet, Clancy said. After the
    Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the federal government has focused more on
    homeland security, Clancy said. "Because of this, the states are in
    critical need to enhance their abilities when dealing with computer
    crimes," he said.
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