Cybercops are go!

    Date19 Apr 2001
    CategoryGovernment
    3221
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Home Secretary Jack Straw has officially launched the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit today at the Science Museum in London. The unit and its £25 million of funding was announced in November last year as part of Mr Straw's clampdown on cybercrime. . . . Home Secretary Jack Straw has officially launched the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit today at the Science Museum in London. The unit and its £25 million of funding was announced in November last year as part of Mr Straw's clampdown on cybercrime. The "lynchpin" unit will be based in London and manned with 40 specialised officers, headed by detective chief superintendent Len Hynds. A further 46 will placed around the country.

    Its brief is to "proactively investigate serious and organised crime using IT". This mission will be hugely aided by a number of recent laws passed by Parliament which give the police unprecedented access to email and Internet traffic. Main targets will be hackers (now equivalent to terrorists), fraudsters and paedophiles.

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