Justice creating cybercrime units

    Date24 Jul 2001
    CategoryGovernment
    3667
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The Justice Department is creating 10 specialized prosecutorial units that will be dedicated to fighting cybercrime. The new teams will be called Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) units and will focus on high-technology crimes including computer intrusions and hackings; theft . . . The Justice Department is creating 10 specialized prosecutorial units that will be dedicated to fighting cybercrime. The new teams will be called Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) units and will focus on high-technology crimes including computer intrusions and hackings; theft of computers and high-tech components; fraud, copyright and trademark violations; and theft of trade secrets and economic espionage, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced July 20 in Silicon Valley.

    The Northern California CHIP team successfully prosecuted one cybercriminal who hacked into critical federal systems, Ashcroft said.

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