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Peek inside state Cybercrime lab

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

From identity theft to child pornography, if it's a crime involving a computer, investigators from the state attorney general's office are likely working on it.

The cybercrime lab has been around since 2008 but this is the first time any television station has been allowed inside.

Dave Spencer tells us how Kentucky is fighting crime with a keyboard and mouse.

90% of what's done in the attorney general's cybercrime lab is searching for disturbing and illegal images and videos.

"We're online trying to download child porn from individuals that are producing it or trading for it."

It's a daunting task according to the these investigators.

They say it takes subpoenas, warrants and months of investigations in a world of online obscurity.

So far the unit says its removed 68,000 images and convicted 67 people in court.

One of the 67 was Sungkook Kim.

A college student attempting to blackmail women at the University of the Cumberlands.

"The e-mailer had sent her a copy of a sexually explicit video that she and her boyfriend had made and threatened to send to faculty and staff of the school."

The case involved tracing the e-mail address back to Kim, but they needed to buy some time.

The investigation led to one of the first convictions for the cybercrime lab.

The attorney general says the lab was started by moving existing money within the department around, $100,000 initially, and has survived the advances in technology by getting equipment donated from the secret service FBI and other organizations.

Attorney General Jack Conway says his investigators have had a conviction on every case they've brought to trial.

Right now, there are nearly 200 cases awaiting a judge or jury's ruling.


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