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Univ. of Alabama to launch program to fight cyber crimes

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The University of Alabama is joining the fight against cyber crime.

The school's Criminal Justice Department hopes to open a cyber crime lab to assist law enforcement prosecute cyber crimes later this year.

Governor Robert Bentley awarded the university a $60,000 grant to get the program up and running. Trained examiners and will test everything from cell phones, computer hard drives and even video game systems for digital evidence of cyber crimes.

"Cyber crime poses an increasing danger as more of our daily transactions are digital and online. This new lab will have the expertise to uncover digital evidence and give criminals one less place to hide," Bentley said in a press release.

Students from the university will gain experience and training in how to fight cyber crime through an internship program.

"Everybody is carrying something. And so no matter what kind of crime is being committed, you're going to see this kind of evidence. And right now it make sense for the department of criminal justice to be moving towards that area so we can better equip our students when they graduate from here," Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar, an assistant professor in the Criminal Justice Department, said.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, also called ADECA, is managing the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Seigfried-Spellar says they hope to open the cyber crime lab in September.

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