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Feds: We're Serious On Cybercrime

Attorney General John Ashcroft says the government’s Operation E-con program is a nationally coordinated effort to attack online crime. The government touted dozens of its most important Internet investigations during 2003 in an attempt to demonstrate that the FBI and other agencies are tackling cybercrime seriously despite the ongoing war on terrorism. The Justice Department dubbed the effort “Operation E-con,” a collection of separate investigations over the past five months that targeted investment scams, sales of stolen software, online banking fraud and even a purported Russian marriage service. Attorney General John Ashcroft, at a news conference Friday, called the program “a decisive, nationally coordinated effort to root out and take action against some of the leading online, economic crime.” Officials estimated the collective losses across more than 90 investigations at $176 million, affecting 89,000 victims. The cases involved the FBI, Secret Service, Customs Service, IRS, Postal Inspection Service, Federal Trade Commission and state and local police agencies. Full Story

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