Cybercrime expertise listed online
- By Brian Robinson
- Aug 02, 2001
State and local law enforcement agencies are going to the Internet in order
to fight computer-related crime more effectively.
The National Association of Attorneys General (www.naag.org)
is pulling together a list of people responsible for investigating and prosecuting
cybercrime in their particular jurisdictions, and who can provide assistance
to law officers seeking electronic evidence stored outside their states.
NAAG representatives said that as the use of the Internet by criminals increases
covering abuses such as child solicitation, drug trafficking, fraud and
security intrusions requests are increasing dramatically for stored electronic
evidence from Internet service providers.
The organization's list stems from remarks made early last year by then-Attorney
General Janet Reno about the idea of a "24/7 network" offering assistance
in fighting computer crime, said Kim Herd, the project's director at NAAG.
"There are limited resources in any state as far as cybercrime is concerned,"
Herd said. "Also, cybercrime is very often cross-jurisdictional. The crime
may have happened and the effects felt in one state, but much of the information
needed [for an investigation] may have to come from another."
An organization may join the Computer Crime Point-of-Contact (CCPC) list if:
* It is a law enforcement agency that investigates and prosecutes high-tech
* It is willing to provide the kind of help out-of-state organizations will
* It has e-mail access and is willing to have general contact information
posted in the NAAG list.
The list currently includes two contacts per state, and Herd said the plan
is to include the names of local government contacts also, but she gave
no timetable for when she expects that to happen.
Robinson is a freelance journalist based in Portland, Ore.
Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.