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FBI steps up pursuit of cybercrime

Barry J. Fibiger of Sheboygan, Wis., came face to face with police on the waterfront in Virginia Beach, Va. According to a court document quoting law enforcement officials, Fibiger was “soft-spoken, cooperative and polite” when they confronted him beside the ocean in October 2002. He was “very calm and spoke very softly” and didn’t struggle when they took him into custody. Fibiger, 35, told police he’d come to Virginia to kill himself. In a suicide note left behind in Wisconsin, Fibiger had willed his computer to his father. He’d used the Dell 8200 in ways that had gotten him indicted on federal charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and counterfeiting. The charges against Fibiger were the result of a recent national crackdown on Internet fraud known as “Operation E-Con,” initiated by Attorney General John Ashcroft. Over the past three years, consumer fraud cases involving the Internet have increased steadily, according to the Federal Trade Commission. In 2002, nearly half of the 218,000 fraud complaints received by the FTC were Internet-related. In Wisconsin, four FBI agents in Milwaukee and six others throughout the state make up a cybercrime squad whose sole purpose is battling online bad guys. Full Story

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