US cops target hackers

Tuesday, 4 June 2002, 3:46 PM EST

The US Secret Service will launch task forces in eight cities to prevent and prosecute cybercrime, identity and data theft and hacking of corporate databases.

The launch, in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Washington DC and Charlotte, North Carolina, follows the passage in October 2001 of the US Patriot Act, which authorises the Secret Service to set up a nationwide network of electronic crimes task forces.

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