Local Pa. police struggle to deal with cyber crime


Linda Wilson Fuoco
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Copyright 2006 P.G. Publishing Co.

While most local police departments are dealing with reports of cyber crimes, the vast majority say they lack money and training needed to combat it, according to a newly released survey.

Cyber threats and crimes against children, identity theft and a variety of cyber attacks on businesses and individuals are on the rise nationwide. A survey conducted in 2005 by the FBI Pittsburgh Office and Duquesne University found that 77 percent of local police departments receive complaints about cyber crime and 89 percent of departments surveyed say they lack the money and necessary training to respond effectively. Only 13 percent of departments were able to spend more than $500 on cyber crime training in the last year.

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