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Florida’s ‘CyberCrime Awareness Week’ Promotes Activities for Cyber Safety

Attorney General Bill McCollum announced on April 17, 2007 the "CyberCrime Awareness Week". The Governor and Florida Cabinet named the third week of April thus, to spread awareness of Internet crimes. The special week recognizes the increasing dangers of cyber crime and its effects on people in Florida. The week's activities will therefore include spreading awareness and education regarding cyber safety, and make an outreach to citizens and communities in the state. Lawfuel published this on April 17, 2007.

While placing a Cabinet Resolution to formally designate the week, Attorney General McCollum said that criminal activity related to the computer was a new, sophisticated and speedily evolving threat that Florida citizens face, especially their children. The Attorney General's office resolves to keep vigilant in its efforts to expand awareness and provide support for Internet safety, said McCollum. With this as technology advances, the Florida state too would be able to progress while maintaining high levels of protection.

Recently police arrested a Volusia County (Florida) man on April 16, 2007 for compiling and possessing child pornography, a cyber crime considered most severe.

During a secret online investigation the FBI alerted investigators associated with the Attorney General's Child Predator CyberCrime Unit about Kristopher Michael Storey who distributed and encouraged pornographic videos of youngsters.

Storey, aged 28, faces charges of one instance of collecting child pornography and 25 instances of owning child pornography. Currently, he is on detention at the Volusia County prison. If proved guilty, Storey may have to serve a jail sentence for up to 13 years.

According to McCollum, child pornography was circulating in abundance in Florida State. This is especially prevalent in images representing sex crime committed on a child. These crimes represent the cruelest acts and, distributing and viewing their images re-victimizes the children, McCollum remarked. Allheadlinenews published this on April 17, 2007.

McCollum said the Volusia County case was the type of crime under the purview of a recent Florida bill. All referenced Senate and House Committees have unanimously approved it. Therefore, it firms up penalties for individuals possessing or distributing child pornography in large volumes as Storey's collection.

Related article: Florida Firms Face Stiff Penalties for Possessing Pirated Software

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