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Internet Safety:
High Tech Crimes Bureau/Illinois Child Exploitation Task Force

Originally formed as the Internet Criminal Activity Unit, the Attorney General’s High Tech Crimes Bureau was established in 2000. The bureau employs specialized personnel to respond to the complex and technical nature of offenses that are committed via the Internet and computers.

The bureau’s responsibilities include:

Investigation assistance;
Prosecution and prosecution assistance;
Training; and
Public awareness activities

The bureau has a 100 percent conviction rate in prosecuting many types of computer crimes including child exploitation, fraud, e-mail threats, hacking, software piracy and homicides.

One of the major functions of the High Tech Crimes Bureau is to coordinate the Illinois Internet Child Exploitation Task Force and to provide investigation and prosecution assistance. Formed in 1998, the task force is comprised of prosecutors and investigators from over 60 Illinois-based federal, state, county and municipal agencies.

There is specialized training for members of the task force and each agency commits to a specified number of hours each week to online investigation. The task force conducts coordinated, multi-jurisdictional investigations and has been responsible for the arrest and prosecution of over 400 online sex predators, achieving a 100 percent conviction rate.

For more information on the bureau or the task force, call 312-814-3762 or 1-800-964-3013 (TTY). To report online child exploitation, send an e-mail to

For more information on High Tech Crimes and Internet Safety visit the Keeping Communities Safe section of the Attorney General's Web site.


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