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Dutch Police Fight Internet Crime

October 4, 1999

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) _ Dutch police opened their fight against Internet crime Monday, naming 15 ``cybercops″ who will target on-line offenses ranging from pedophilia to credit card fraud.

The team will patrol the country’s Internet sites in search of on-line crime, using new computer surveillance equipment and old-fashioned police techniques.

``They will go after all crime committed on the Internet and that could range from child pornography to credit card fraud, or the sale of illegal medicine and software,″ said police spokesman Albert Folgerts.

The Internet officers will be able to tap phone lines and with a court order will even be permitted to crack into computer systems to find incriminating evidence _ the virtual equivalent of a search warrant.

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