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Attorney General Jack Conway launched the Cyber Crimes Unit, a branch of the Department of Criminal Investigations, in June 2008. The creation of this investigative unit followed through on his commitment to devote resources from his office to help stem the rising tide of online crimes.

Investigators from this unit concentrate their efforts on cases of online solicitation, scams and identity theft. The Cyber Crimes Unit also helps process digital forensic evidence from cell phones and computers in its lab, reducing the turnaround time for investigators. It’s estimated that 80 percent of crimes today now involve some sort of digital forensics. That’s why Attorney General Conway and the Cyber Crimes Unit are conducting regional trainings for law-enforcement officers and prosecutors in how to preserve and process this evidence.

Assistance to Kentucky law enforcement agencies

The Cyber Crimes Unit offers assistance to all law-enforcement agencies in Kentucky investigating computer-related crimes. By sharing investigation resources, agencies with no access to electronic crime expertise or computer forensic services can take advantage of investigative personnel and the digital forensics capabilities of the Office of the Attorney General. Investigators requesting assistance may contact the Cyber Crimes Unit at 502-696-5367.

Report a cyber crime

If you would like to contact the Cyber Crimes Unit about an investigation, call 866-524-3672 or email dciforce@ag.ky.gov. Information may be shared anonymously.

Cyber crimes statistics

  • Launched 286 child pornography investigations
  • Obtained 103 child pornography convictions
  • Executed 148 search warrants
  • Seized 322,173 child pornographic images and videos
  • Processed 5,775 hard drives and removable devices for a total of 83.78 Terabytes of data
  • Trained 1,711 law enforcement offices and prosecutors in data collection and combatting cybercrimes
  • One of nine agencies in the country selected by Microsoft to host cybersafety training for investigators

See also

Identity theft

Social networking safety links

Cybersafety tools

Spyware removal tools

Virus scanners

Personal firewalls