Cyber Crime Increasing Faster Than Federal Prosecutors Can Deal With It


The growth in computer-based crimes if far outpacing resources the U.S. Justice Department has to attack the problem, Jason Weinstein of the department’s criminal division told a Senate committee yesterday, according to Only 40 of the division’s 440 attorneys work on cyber crime exclusively, compared with 90 working on organized crime.

Committee chairman Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said cyber crime is a threat “too dangerous to leave under-resourced.” Whitehouse believes “we are on the losing end of the biggest transfer of wealth in the history of humankind through theft and piracy [ ] that is being done through cyber crime.”

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