Technology is all around us. It is now part of everyday life for nearly every person in Minnesota. Whether you happen to be in the far reaches of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area or lost in the crowd at the Minnesota State Fair, there is likely to be some digital trace of you to be found and now the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says it is better equipped to follow that digital trail.
According to officials at the BCA, digital forensics was once singularly applied to resolving child pornography cases. But in the past few years, the scope of efforts has broadened to a point where cyber investigating is now part of nearly every crime -- homicides, drug probes and financial crime cases. At the same time, the number of tips investigated related to just Internet crimes involving children has reportedly increased more than 400 percent since 2010.