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Manhattan DA's Cybercrime Unit Gets $4M-Plus Lab

Manhattan DA's Cybercrime Unit Gets $4M-Plus Lab
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NYC Council put $4.2 million into this year's budget for a new cybercrime lab.

New York City is spending more than $4 million to enhance the Manhattan district attorney's efforts to combat computer crime and mine electronic evidence in other cases.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and DA Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced the plan Tuesday.

Vance says that in today's era of smart phones and social media, almost every case involves analyzing electronic records.

His office already has close to 50 prosecutors and others working on the technological element of cases.

The council put $4.2 million into this year's budget for a new cybercrime lab.

Officials say it will allow the unit to do more and work more efficiently. For example, it will have an entire room outfitted for cell-phone analysis now done on one particular piece of equipment.