Internet and Electronic Crimes

Now essential to modern life, computers and other Internet-connected devices have also become increasingly important to criminals, who steal information, commit fraud and stalk victims online. Computers not only are used for committing crime but thanks to the burgeoning science of digital evidence forensics, law enforcement now uses computers to fight crime.

NIJ sponsors research to help the criminal justice system better understand the impact computers and other internet-connected devices have on crime. NIJ also helps build capacity in digital evidence among law enforcement at the state and local levels, where the overwhelming majority of law enforcement activities occur. NIJ works to ensure that state and local law enforcement officials have up-to-date knowledge and tools so they can collect digital evidence as efficiently and effectively as possible.

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Date Modified: September 9, 2016