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Digital police

Date: November 26, 2006

Writing in 1964, the late Judge Henry Friendly noted that, "in our complex society, the accountant's certificate and the lawyer's opinion can be instruments of pecuniary loss more potent than the chisel or the crowbar." Had he written in today's post-September 11, 2001, world, he might have observed that the Internet could become an instrument for crime or terror more potent than the hijacked airplane or the bomb.

The New York City Police Department recently announced it had broken up an international multibillion-dollar sports gambling ring by executing a search warrant in a Long Island hotel room where they seized a laptop computer while its owner, a big-time kingpin bookie, attended a wedding. The bookies had plied their trade in an Internet-based betting operation.
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