The Internet has become an essential tool
in education, business, and our daily lives. As our lives become more reliant on
technology to maintain business and personal relationships, we become more vulnerable
to cybercriminals seeking to exploit the Internet through fraud, identity theft,
and child exploitation. The Computer Crime Section was formed in 1999 to address
the dangers associated with the expansion of the Internet and society's dependence
The section's main responsibility is to
counter these threats by investigating and prosecuting cybercriminals for offenses
under the Virginia Computer Crimes Act, the Virginia identity theft statutes, and
the Virginia child exploitation statutes. In addition, the section engages Virginia’s
citizens through its comprehensive educational programs concerning Internet safety
and cyber security. Its members present these programs throughout the Commonwealth
to students, teachers, school resource officers, parents, and companies. Through
its law-enforcement and preventative efforts, the Computer Crime Section is dedicated
to combating computer crime and to ensuring the safety of Virginia’s citizens.
For more information on preventing cyber crime, see our overview.