OU cyber lab used to crack computer investigations

Monday, September 27th 2004, 6:11 pm
By: News On 6

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- A computer lab at the University of Oklahoma is helping state and federal agencies take a bite out of crime.

The OU Cyber Forensics Lab is used by law enforcement to investigate computer files and by university staff and students to research viruses, worms and other cyber-maladies.

Local police use the lab primarily on cases involving child pornography and adults using chat rooms to prey on children.

Other cases include fake driver's licenses, identity theft and other crimes that could have evidence on computer files.

Norman Police officer John Terry says the lab's computer processors are much faster than typical computers and help to cut investigation time.

Norman police say they are working on 15 to 20 cases in various stages at the lab.

The OU lab also gives technical assistance to small-town police departments and sheriff's offices.