Champlain's budding cybercrime fighters.BURLINGTON, VT., MAY NOT BE A LIKELY PLACE TO STUDY THE criminal mind. After all, how many bad guys can you come across in a college town? Well, a professor at Champlain College (Vt.) has a surprising answer to that question. Burlington, apparently, is a good place to study crime--especially the emerging field of cybercrime cybercrime
also known as computer crime
Any use of a computer as an instrument to further illegal ends, such as committing fraud, trafficking in child pornography and intellectual property, stealing identities, or violating privacy. .
Since 2003, Gary Kessler, professor and director of the college's Center for Digital Investigation, has led about 160 students who are majoring in this field of study, which is part of the college's bachelor of science Noun 1. Bachelor of Science - a bachelor's degree in science
bachelor's degree, baccalaureate - an academic degree conferred on someone who has successfully completed undergraduate studies program. Everything is fair game: identity theft; those scare spam messages from an alleged Nigerian bank that beg the recipient to help retrieve funds; hackers; careless criminals that leave digital trails on cellphones and PDAs.
Now Champlain's cybercrime academics are teaming up with local law enforcement. Thanks to a $650,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance Noun 1. Bureau of Justice Assistance - the bureau in the Department of Justice that assists local criminal justice systems to reduce or prevent crime and violence and drug abuse
BJA , two faculty members will conduct digital investigations and teach local cops and detectives how to better fight cybercrime. Kessler, too, provides pro bono Short for pro bono publico [Latin, For the public good]. The designation given to the free legal work done by an attorney for indigent clients and religious, charitable, and other nonprofit entities. services to the police. "What the cops bring us is real experience in how this stuff really works," Kessler says.
Cybercrime is a growing field, one that's bound to become more important with the proliferation of devices criminals use to contact each other or record information that is later used as evidence. Kessler asserts that some type of digital evidence is now part of almost every crime committed. "Computers are now as much a part of modern law enforcement as the baton, sidearm side·arm
Thrown with or marked by a sideways motion of the arm between shoulder and hip height and relatively parallel to the ground: a sidearm baseball pitch. , radio, and handcuffs hand·cuff
A restraining device consisting of a pair of strong, connected hoops that can be tightened and locked about the wrists and used on one or both arms of a prisoner in custody; a manacle. Often used in the plural.
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