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Law enforcement unite to fight computer crime

Date: January 08, 2006
By: Jim Six

Three state law enforcement units are being combined to fight computer crime under one banner.

The new Computer Crime Task Force, formed by state Attorney General Peter C. Harvey, will put together personnel from the Division of Criminal Justice's Computer Analysis and Technology Unit (CATU), the New Jersey State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit and the state police Cyber Crimes Unit.

The new task force will be housed at the Hamilton Technology Complex in Hamilton Township, the same site as the Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory, a joint effort of the Attorney General's Office and the FBI.

The new task force will be include three investigative units staffed with state troopers, DCJ investigators and FBI special agents and will focus on computer hacking and viruses, Internet fraud and the creation and distribution of child pornography.

The three units are the Incident Response Unit, the Cyber Crimes Unit and the Internet Predatory Crimes Unit.

The Incident Response Unit will be responsible for investigations that focus on computers, computer networks, telecommunication devices and other devices used in the commission of crimes. It will also provide cyber crime awareness outreach services to the public and train law enforcement regarding network intrusion crimes.

The Cyber Crime Unit will investigate the use of computers in fraud and identity theft.

The Internet Predatory Crimes Unit will investigate Internet-driven crimes against children, such as child pornography trafficking and on-line luring. The IPCU will also provide public awareness outreach on the vulnerabilities of children to cyber crime and the impact of technology-driven crimes on young people.
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