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Attorney general complains about Net anonymity
"On the Internet, it is easy for a criminal to create a fictitious identity to perpetrate frauds, extortions and other crimes," Ashcroft said. "Since many computer crimes -- such as trading pirated software or child pornography -- can be committed entirely online, this anonymity can significantly complicate an investigation."
Ashcroft's comments on Internet anonymity came shortly after Rep. Felix Grucci, R-N.Y., introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would deny Internet-wiring subsidies to public schools and libraries that do not prevent the use of anonymizing e-mail and Internet devices.
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