One of the first U.S. extraditions for an intellectual property crime highlights the growing sophistication and reach of cybercriminals — and the extensive resources law enforcement must devote to reining in cybercrime.

After fighting his extradition for nearly three years in Australian courts, British national Hew Raymond Griffiths pleaded guilty on April 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. The criminal copyright infringement charge was dismissed. USA v. Griffiths, No. 03-00105 (E.D. Va.).

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