Internet Crime Sweep Nets 125 Cybercriminals

US Attorney General John Ashcroft announced last week that international law-enforcement agents had arrested 125 suspected cybercriminals in a crackdown on Internet-based crimes such as malicious hacking, fraud, and selling stolen goods. The crackdown, launched over a 7-week period, involved law-enforcement agents "from Ghana to southern California" and concerned more than 125,000 victims who lost a combined $100 million. Ashcroft said some of the suspects fenced stolen goods on eBay, stole files from classified government computers, and sold counterfeit computer software. "The information superhighway should be a conduit for communication, information, and commerce, not an expressway for crime," he said, presumably in his best Dirty Harry growl.

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