“Mississippi was first, and Florida about a week later, to get the technology that allows us to track downloads without a search warrant,” Hood said.
The experience the department has gained since it opened in January 2009 has made Hood a sought-after resource by law enforcement agencies in New York, California and Florida, among others, Bullard said.
Other work in the Cyber Crimes Unit involves financial crime.
The best security for individuals and businesses is to be eternally vigilant, monitoring children’s cellphones for text messages, Facebook pages, computer usage, and even protecting smart cellphones like Blackberrys and iPhones.
“We’re trying to be more innovative in how we prosecute cases,” Hood said. “The law is moving at a snail’s pace while technology is moving at lightning speed.”