During a recent symposium at Pace University, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. said the city's police "now record cybercrime and identity theft as their most frequently reported complaints."

"According to Vance, cybercrime is not just a growing trend -- it is a fundamental shift in the way modern crime works.," writes The Epoch Times' Joshua Philipp. "Modern crime has already reached a point where nearly every crime in the city involves a cyber component. 'It is rare that a case does not involve some kind of cyber or computer element that we prosecute in our office -- whether it is homicide, whether it’s a financial crime case, whether it’s a gang case where the gang members are posting on Facebook where they’re going to meet,' said Vance."

"In addition to sophisticated hackers located in former Soviet countries, organized crime rings have also come to realize that there’s a good profit to be made from cybercrime," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "Speaking at the same event, Pace University President Stephen Friedman explained that the key to combating such crimes lies in cooperation and partnerships between authorities and the private sector."