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UK the 'number 1 target' of online gangsters in 25 countries - e-crime report

+Comment The UK is failing to win the war on "e-crime", according to MPs on the Home Affairs committee in its first ever report on online crime. The committee published its "Report on e-crime" on Tuesday following hearings over 10 months, where the MPs heard from senior police officers as well as experts from academia, banks and the IT …
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2013
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Met chief fears Brit cybercrime gangs

Britain's most senior police officer has raised fears that home-grown organised gangs are waking up to the low risks and high rewards of cybercrime. Sir Paul Stephenson, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, issued the warning in a Sunday newspaper article highlighting the importance of specialist officers. Debate around …
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Police confirm cybercrime budget cut

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed their budget for battling cybercrime nationally has been slashed by the Home Office. The Register revealed on Friday that central government funding for the Police Central eCrime Unit (PCeU) had been quietly cut by 30 per cent. A spokeswoman for the Met said the PCeU had been targeted as …
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Nominet appoints itself web policeman

Nominet has announced it will suspend the domain name of any .uk website suspected of being involved in criminal activity. Registrars who receive "credible reports" about their domain names can now use a Nominet tool that will immediately "lock" it while they investigate the website. The lock means suspect websites will still …
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Police sitting on forensic backlog risk, says top e-cop

The UK's top e-cop believes the forensic backlog in seized IT kit poses a serious risk to ongoing criminal investigations. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Janet Williams, the national lead on e-crime for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), also sees the situation as unfair to those having to wait ages to get their …
Robert Blincoe, 13 Nov 2009
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Olympic ticket scams already starting, says top e-cop

Organised criminal gangs are snapping up domain names, ready to launch rip-off ticket sites for the 2012 Olympic Games. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Janet Williams, the national lead on e-crime for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), said specialist officers are seeing precursor activity they believe is from …
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Man arrested for £1m online tax fraud

Police investigating a complex online fraud which scammed more than a million pounds from taxpayers have arrested a man in London. The 32-year-old's home in Poplar, east London was raided in the early hours of Thursday. He was taken to Bethnal Green police station on suspicion of fraud and money laundering. The arrest follows …
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Cops swoop on e-crime gangs after banks pool intelligence

Two London-based cybercrime gangs have been busted, following an agreement by banks and credit card companies to share intelligence on network attacks and malware. Early success for the new "virtual task force", which is set for public launch next week, comes after years of pressure from investigators frustrated at the lack of …
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UK police chiefs mull regional cybercrime squads

British police chiefs are drawing up plans to set up regional "cybercrime" squads along the lines of existing teams tasked to handle anti-terror operations. The idea - still in its formative stages - is the brainchild of the Association of Chief Police Officers, and reflects concern that existing efforts are not enough to keep …
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2009
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Home Sec: No more funds to e-crime unit

The newly established Police Central e-crime Unit is unlikely to get increased UK government funding, according to a response to questions in the House by the Home Secretary on Tuesday. The reply by Jacqui Smith is a sign that the present home secretary is less inclined to invest in the nascent unit than her predecessor David …
John Leyden, 14 May 2009
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Top e-crime cop to plead for more cash

The woman in charge of policing online fraud in the UK plans to use the first operational year of the new Police Central e-crime Unit (PCeU) to make the case for more funding. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Janet Williams, the Association of Chief Police Officers' lead on e-crime, said this week the PCeU wanted more than the £3 …
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No investigation after malware is found on parliamentary PC

Police did not investigate when Alun Michael MP reported a PC in his office was attacked with malware, the former minister has revealed. Michael, a tech-savvy parliamentarian, was able to detect and remove the malware himself, and described it as "a low level incident". He told The Register that he decided to report it to …
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Cybercrime losses tax UK small business

Cybercrime and fraud are costing Britain's small business £800 a year each, according to a survey by the UK's Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The SME lobbying group is calling for more action to tackle online crime as a response. More than half (54 per cent) of smaller businesses polled in the survey said they were a …
John Leyden, 19 Feb 2009
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Home Office backs e-crime overhaul

Home Office ministers are poised to give the green light for the establishment of a central e-crime reporting and investigation agency in the UK. But instead of creating a Policing Central E-Crime Unit (PCEU), as proposed by ACPO (the Association of Chief Police Officers) and the Metropolitan Police, government minsters want …
John Leyden, 21 May 2008

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