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States urged to do more to tackle cybercrime

Date: August 17, 2008
Source: TechRepublic

A report has been released by two technology policy groups noting that most top state prosecutors have failed to address cybercrimes outside of high-profile child pornography or cases involving sexual predators.

Excerpt from SecurityFocus:

The report, which collected information about consumer complaints from 30 states, found that 24 states had an Internet-related category in their top-10 list of complaints, and in four states, Internet-related complaints topped the list. For most states, the complaints consisted of problems with Internet auctions or Internet sales, with few states collecting information about spyware, spam or phishing attacks, according to the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and the Center for American Progress (CAP), the two groups that published the report (pdf).

As a result, criminals are getting away even as they swindle, hack, or trick they way to riches, with little risk of being caught and punished. The vice president and chief operating officer at the Center for Democracy and Technology, Ari Schwartz, called upon state attorney generals to focus on this problem.
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