California Unveils eCrime Unit to Fight Cybercrime
California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced the creation of a new state Justice Department unit to combat crimes that enlist technology.
The eCrime unit aims to "make sure that vulnerable populations are safe, that consumers are safe, and that we allow good behavior to occur," Harris said at a news conference in San Jose, Calif. "But where there are predators and predatory practices, we want to ensure we have the skills and technology to go after them and make sure there is accountability and consequence."
The unit, consisting of 20 investigators and prosecutors, is tasked with investigating crimes such as identity theft, child pornography, copyright violations, and software piracy. The unit, which has been operational since August, has filed charges in 20 cases and is investigating another 24 cases.