Local police grapple with response to cybercrimes

Associated Press
Local police grapple with response to cybercrimes

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2011, file photo, a California Department of Justice employee holds up counterfeit jewelry that was confiscated during an investigation before it was sold on eBay during a news conference in San Jose, Calif. If a purse with $900 is stolen, the victim probably would call the police. If a computer hacker steals $900 from that same person's bank account, what then? Call the police? Could they even help? As it is now, local police don't have widespread know-how to investigate cybercrimes. They rely heavily on the expertise of the federal government, which focuses on large, often international cybercrimes. What's missing is the first response role, typically the preserve of local police departments that respond to calls for help from individuals and communities. They're looking to boost their expertise to be able to respond to high-tech crimes that are expected to only get worse. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

View Comments (0)