Saturday, 15 March 2008

e-Crime Crackdown reports that "Britain is in the grip of the growing cyber crime menace, with e-crime now estimated to be worth $105bn worldwide - more than the illegal drugs trade."

"Police, businesses and politicians say Britain is ill equipped to deal with the growing threat and have been demanding a dedicated e-crime police unit since the National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) was absorbed into the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) in 2006."

(There is no mention of e-crime on the Agency's home web page.)

"The Home Office is expected to announce this month whether it will provide £1.3m in start-up funding for the Policing Central E-Crime Unit (PCEU), which would co-ordinate and collate reports of cyber crime nationwide.

Previous comprehensive spending reviews by this government have made no mention of e-crime or of the PCEU unit proposed by the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Metropolitan Police Service.

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