U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, today announced that the Department of Justice will award $447,174 to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). This grant is awarded through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, which provides funding for law enforcement agencies to create and use programs that prevent and control crime based on their own identified needs. Senator Shelby was instrumental in securing this funding.
“UAB will use this funding to develop its Cybercrime Prevention Computational Operation, which will work to detect phishing and SPAM faster,” said Shelby. “Cybercrimes, such as identity theft, frequently victimize the elderly and can cause long-term financial problems. This funding should go a long way to help protect internet users from these crimes.”