December 13, 2011

California Creates Special Unit to Fight Computer Crimes

CALIFORNIA HAS long led the nation in technological innovation. A lesser-known fact: It also leads the country in cybercrime.

The state has the most identity theft complaints and the third-highest number per capita, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Over a million Californians are victims of identity theft every year. Taken together, the F.T.C. estimates that their losses exceeded $46 million last year.

The state is now accelerating its crusade against cybercriminals. On Tuesday, the California Attorney General announced the creation of the nation's largest e-crime unit, a group of 20 investigators and prosecutors whose sole mission will be to thwart and prosecute cybercrimes like identity theft, Internet scams, computer theft, online child pornography and intellectual property theft across the state.

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