Justice launches cybercrime site
- By Diane Frank
- Mar 13, 2000
A Justice Department World Wide Web site launched Monday serves as an information
clearinghouse for cybercrime issues and provides clear explanations about
topics such as hacking and intellectual property theft.
The site, www.cybercrime.gov, is maintained by the Computer Crime and Intellectual
Property Section of the department's Criminal Division. CCIPS is Justice's
lead office for computer crime prosecutions.
The site is split into two sections: General Information and Legal and Policy
Issues. Each includes information and links to resources. Material is clearly
written so that the site can be used by individuals as well as officials
at agencies and corporations.
"Law enforcement wants to work with the public and industry to fight computer
crime," said Martha Stansell-Gamm, chief of CCIPS, in a statement. "By providing
easy access to materials, we hope to inform the public about the special
issues related to cybercrime."
High on the general information side of the site are guidelines on how to
report Internet-related crime. This topic has been an important focus of
Justice in the past month, as CCIPS works with the public and private sector
to respond to the denial-of-service attacks that temporarily blocked access
to popular e-commerce Internet sites (See FCW, Feb. 21).
The legal and policy section of the site includes such material as federal
laws and guidelines, policies separating cybercrime and critical infrastructure
protection, and free-speech issues in the Internet Age.