NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Manhattan district attorney’s office will be getting a new cybercrime lab with the help of $4.2 million from the City Council.

In today’s era of smart phones and social media, District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said nearly every criminal investigation has a digital component, whether it’s financial fraud, terrorism or street crime.

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“The Internet is the crime scene of our 21st century,” Vance said. “When your cell phone is on you essentially leave digital bread crumbs.”

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“In this day and age we need to be as sophisticated as criminals are,” Council Speaker Christine Quinn said.

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Officials hope the new crime lab will help speed investigations and allow the unit to do more work.

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“We’re in a battle that is going to be a long-term battle,” Vance said. “It is a battle that is going to require us to continue to devote more resources, new resources, and new training.”