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New Cybercrime Lab Gets Funding

By James Smith
Epoch Times Staff
Created: August 15, 2012 Last Updated: August 15, 2012
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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance holds up a bank card scamming machine on Aug 15, 2012. (Courtesy of William Alatriste/New York City Council)

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance holds up a bank card scamming machine on Aug 15, 2012. (Courtesy of William Alatriste/New York City Council)

NEW YORK—Forensic staff, specialized prosecutors, analysts and investigators will be centralized in a new cybercrime lab that just secured city funding, according to an announcement made Tuesday. This collaborative environment will allow for a more focused approach to help combat crime more efficiently and on a broader scale. 

There is a cybercomponent in nearly every case the District Attorney’s Office prosecutes, from white-collar crimes, including financial fraud and ID theft, to violent crimes, including rapes and murders.

City Council has allocated $4.2 million toward the new lab.

“As criminals are becoming increasingly high-tech, so is law enforcement,” said Speaker Christine Quinn. “In this day and age, we need more sophisticated tools to fight the complex crimes that are taking place on the Web.” 

The new cybercrime lab will be an expansion of the High Technology Analysis Unit (HTAU) lab. The new lab will be more effective in performing forensic analysis of digital media, such as computers, cellphones, smartphones, and other electronic storage devices.

District Attorney Vance said, “Cybercrime and identity theft are among the fastest growing crimes in the country.”

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