Justice to fight cybercriminals with CHIP units

Justice to fight cybercriminals with CHIP units

If clever acronyms can foil cybercrime, the United States will be well-protected by CHIPs.

Attorney General John Ashcroft this month announced formation of 10 computer hacking and intellectual property (CHIP) units that will more than double the number of federal prosecutors devoted to computer crime.

The House this month also approved funds for an additional 18 U.S. attorneys for copyright enforcement under the No Electronic Theft Act.

The Justice Department's new CHIP units will raise the number of prosecutors focusing on computer crime from 22 to 48. They will be based in Alexandria, Va., Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Brooklyn and Manhattan in New York.

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