FBI sets up S.C. tech-crime center

The FBI, the Secret Service and state law enforcement agencies opened a joint South Carolina Computer Crime Center, which will analyze electronic evidence of high-tech crimes and train forensic specialists.

Tom O'Neill, FBI spokesman for the Columbia, S.C., field office, said there are similar centers in New York, San Diego and Texas, and the bureau is working to establish other state and federal partnerships in Los Angeles and Minneapolis.

The $5.6 million facility in Columbia will operate with state funding and grants from the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The center will investigate Internet fraud, computer intrusions, child pornography, denial-of-service attacks and telecommunications crimes. *

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