Calif. joins fight against cyber crime

The state of California is targeting online crooks with its new cyber crimes unit announced this week, InformationWeek reports.

The eCrime Unit, which has actually been in business since August, will track down and prosecute instances of identity theft, fraud, piracy, child exploitation and other crimes committed online.

The formation of the unit was a recognition by California law enforcement officials that more criminals are using high-tech tools to break the law, according to Attorney General Kamala Harris.

"Today's criminals increasingly use the Internet, smart phones, and other digital devices to victimize people online and offline," Harris said. This is especially true in California, which, as InformationWeek reports, ranks No. 1 in the nation in identity theft.

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