The Manhattan district attorney’s office is getting a new $4.2 million cyber crime lab . Expected to open in late 2013, the lab will pursue cases on identity theft, analyze computers, text messages and social media posts.
“The Internet is the crime scene of the 21st century,” said D.A. Cyrus Vance at a press conference Tuesday. He added that “virtually every case” has a high-tech component and that his office had seen a 50 percent increase in Manhattan cyber crimes during the past five years.
Vance added that he was recently the victim of identity theft, saying his credit card had purchases from Dunkin’ Donuts and Trader Joes that he didn’t make.