Cyber Alert: Internet Crimes Unit

By: Mary Yoon
By: Mary Yoon
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A new 25-member unit within the Illinois State Police will focus on online crimes -- including identity theft and child pornography.

Governor Rod Blagojevich today announced the formation of the Internet Crimes Unit. It will include ten officers, seven computer forensic investigators and eight crime analysts dedicated to educating the public and investigating online crimes.

The governor also says he wants tougher penalties for Internet-related sex crimes against children. The proposed changes include making Internet stalking a felony for first-time offenders and making misrepresenting yourself on the Internet a criminal offense.

Blagojevich's Republican challenger, Judy Baar Topinka, says she also wants harsher laws. She also proposes that schools teach courses on Internet safety.


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