There are a wide range of criminal acts that fall under the description of cyber crime. As the Internet seems to become an ever increasing part of our lives, the number of people using it to commit criminal acts is sharply on the rise. Criminal acts that are commonly seen range from financial scams and identity theft to sexual exploitation of children. Crimes related to cyber harassment and threatening are also on the rise and have been reported locally.
Agencies across the United States, and even the world, are left scrambling trying to keep pace with this new world of crime. Investigation of these types of crimes requires investigators with very specialized, and sadly uncommon, training and skills. Part of the problem has been summed up by pointing out that you can take good detectives and teach them to work computer crime... but you usually can't take a computer person and teach them to be a good detective. The two fields are very different, and personnel with both sets of skills are hard to come by.