State launches lab to fight growing problem of cyber crime

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( — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall on Wednesday announced the launch of a Cyber crime lab in his office to help with growing threat of cyber crime.

Alabama Attorney General launches cybercrime unit.

Over the past year, Marshall said, investigators from his office assisted more than 30 law enforcement agencies in cyber investigations. Those tasks included unlocking cell phone evidence in homicides, tracking down credit/debit card skimmers, and unmasking criminals behind identity theft cases. Additionally, agents have also helped businesses and local governments recover nearly $1 million potentially lost in cyber theft cases.

Marshall said his office also has launched a new web link for Alabama law enforcement and operators of victimized payment card systems to report suspected debit/credit card skimming devices. The joint effort conducted by the Alabama Focus Group on Skimming - comprised of the U.S. Secret Service, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, Alabama Department of Transportation, Alabama Fusion Center, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Alabama Petroleum Equipment Contractors Association, the Petroleum & Convenience Marketers of Alabama and the Alabama Attorney General's Office - will collect information to be used to investigate and prosecute persons involved in illegal skimming operations in the state.

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