FBI opens new computer crime lab

Thursday, 1 July 2004, 10:02 AM EST

The FBI opened a new lab Tuesday dedicated to detecting computer-related crimes and training federal, state and local police to catch Internet pedophiles, frauds and thieves. It is the second such lab the FBI has opened in the United States, and it will serve one of 50 computer crime task forces that have been set up around the country to increase cooperation among law enforcement agencies.

The FBI has made computer crimes a top priority, just behind terrorism-related work, because computers are used in such a wide variety of crimes today, said Keith Lourdeau, deputy assistant director of the FBI's cyber crime division in Washington.

By Robert T DeMarco at Computer Crime Research Center

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