California Targets Cybercrime, Identity Theft

SAN JOSE (AP) — California Attorney General Kamala Harris is set to announce the creation of a new criminal unit to investigate and prosecute identity theft, cybercrimes and other criminal activity involving technology.

Harris is scheduled to make the announcement later on Tuesday in San Jose.

Authorities say the number of criminals using technology to carryout illegal behavior and harass victims is increasing. Imprisoned gang leaders try to control criminals on the street using mobile phones smuggled into prisons and convicted offenders have threatened victims through social networks.

In October, The Associated Press reported that Harris’ office was considering a major restructuring to make computer and white collar crimes its priority after state budget cuts targeted units that focus on gang and drug enforcement.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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One Comment

  1. how about facts? says:

    And every computer will be monitored. Have fun people. Big brother is watching.
    Ya think it won’t happen? Think again.

  2. John says:

    Give me a break! What a waste of our hard earned TAX $!….Why is this ahole not PREVENTING cellphones from getting into the prisons?!?!? They just want to justify their salaries creating these NON-JOBS because NOTHING GOOD OR PRODUCTIVE is ever going to come out of this new criminal unit to investigate and prosecute identity theft, cybercrimes and other criminal activity involving technology…This is a stupid waste of $!

  3. oh please! says:

    “Harris’ office was considering a major restructuring to make computer and white collar crimes its priority after state budget cuts targeted units that focus on gang and drug enforcement.”

    So gangs and druggies can go free, but something we can turn off -IE COMPUTER- is more important to the safety and welfare of our citizens.
    Our attorney general is crazy! Apparently so is her herd of sheep.
    It’s the wave of the future people! Say hooray for the AG!! She will not protect you from anything you can’t turn off yourself!

  4. I call irresponsible use of public office! says:

    ummm….they already had a cyber unit crime dept!
    This is such a farce.
    Wonder what they are doing while the attention is focused here?

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