California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris has created a unit within the state Department of Justice that will fight technology crimes and identity theft.
The eCrimes Unit will "make sure that vulnerable populations are safe, that consumers are safe and that we allow good behavior to occur," Harris said at a news conference Tuesday in San Jose, chosen because of its location in the tech hub of Silicon Valley.
"Where there are predators and predatory practices, we want to ensure we have the skills and technology to go after them and that there is accountability and consequences," Harris said.
The eCrimes Unit, operational since August, will investigate and prosecute identity theft such as email phishing scams; fraudulent Internet auction sites; child exploitation and child pornography; theft of computer services and intellectual property; and other tech-related crimes.