Attorney General Suthers Teams With Microsoft To Fight Cyber Crime

DENVER – Law enforcement and school officials from Colorado and Wyoming today joined Colorado Attorney General Suthers for an innovative Internet investigations training led by Microsoft Corp.

“The anonymity of the Internet, as well as instant access to countless potential victims, has created incredible challenges for law enforcement who are on the front lines attempting to stop predators,” said Suthers. “With the support of a technology leader like Microsoft, we’re working together to combat cyber criminals.”

Today’s training will give law enforcement the tools to investigate and ultimately solve cyber crime. As a result of the one-day session, attendees will better understand how to effectively conduct an investigation and help protect children from online predators.

Aaron Kornblum, senior attorney for Microsoft Corp., joined Suthers at today’s press conference.

“Microsoft is honored to partner with Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and law enforcement officers throughout Colorado and Wyoming. It is a privilege to share the tools and technical knowledge needed to conduct secure Internet investigations,” said Aaron Kornblum, senior attorney at Microsoft. “These types of public-private partnerships go a long way toward helping to make the Internet safer, and they will remain a cornerstone of Microsoft’s Internet safety efforts.”

During the training, attendees will learn basic information about the Internet and how to transfer traditional investigative techniques to the technological field. Topics discussed during the training will include how to investigate websites, domain names, IP addresses, email messages, and chat and instant messages, as well as examining Internet/PC forensics and making sense of USB storage trace evidence.

In 2005, General Suthers launched the Attorney General’s Safe Surfing Initiative. Additional information on this effort, which led to important legislation to help combat Internet predators, can be found at: http://www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/initiatives/safe_surfing

“Criminals are constantly finding new ways to target our children and our sense of security,” said Suthers. “Today’s training is one more way we can better arm law enforcement and school officials with the most current tools to prevent criminals from finding new victims.”

Over 200 law enforcement and school officials from Colorado and Wyoming attended today’s free training course.

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