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Computer crime collaboration

Date: September 21, 2007

It’s hard enough to catch criminals when they cross state lines. The vague boundaries of the Internet and the increasing number of crimes committed online — from identity theft and fraud to sexual predators trolling for victims — only adds to the challenges facing today’s law enforcement officials.

To meet that challenge, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone is launching the “Cyber Protection Program,” a team focused on Internet crime, which will include Assistant DA Dana Leccese as well as other lawyers; State Police; and civilian forensic specialists.

“One of the challenges of a dynamic and fluid cyber world is jurisdictional,” Leone said. “Which is why we rely heavily on coordination, collaboration and cooperation between law enforcement officials and agencies. It’s another reason why it’s important to have a statewide agency and a federal agency working in tandem with us.”

The Cyber Protection Program is an offshoot of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the U.S. Attorney’s General office in May 2006 to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse.
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