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Virginia Official Discusses the Fight Against Cyber-Cri... - 5/10/2006 3:01:34 AM   

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Gene Fishel, assistant attorney general in the state of Virginia's Attorney General's office, works with businesses, IT professionals, citizens and law enforcement agencies to track down and prosecute computer criminals, in both state and federal courts.

And he's got some interesting stories to tell.

Fishel delivered the keynote address during Ziff Davis' May 9 "Enterprise Applications Virtual Tradeshow," where he provided some prime examples of computer crime, and what IT shops can do about it (report it to state and federal agencies).

Because two of the United States' Internet powerhouses are headquartered in Virginia—AOL and MCI—Fishel said that about 80 percent of the traffic on the Internet passes through Virginia at some point.

This little-known fact is actually what provides the Virginia Attorney General's office with jurisdiction over a good many criminal computer crimes.

"It allows us as a state to test computer crime laws before they go federal," said Fishel.

"Spam is a good example of that. What we see is on the cutting edge of security threat—with e-mails asking for everything from free home mortgage to penny stock pickers to Shirley Temple memorabilia. Spam is flawed. It is insidious. It's become a great plague on the Internet."

The Virginia Attorney General's office was the first in the nation to criminalize spam with its anti-spam law (there's a federal law in place now modeled on Virginia's efforts).

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Source : eWeek
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