New police cyber unit to crack down on Internet crime

who abuse company IT systems could find themselves collared by a specialist
cyber police unit launched last week.

National Hi-Tech Crime Unit is the first national law enforcement organisation
set up to combat computer based crime.

It is
headed by Det Supt Len Hynds from the National Crime Squad and he will work
with law enforcement experts from the National Crime Squad, the National
Criminal Intelligence Service, HM Customs and Excise and police forces
throughout the UK.

will develop intelligence, support and co-ordinate law enforcement operations
and offer expert advice to police forces and businesses.

The new
body is funded by £25 million over three years and of this £10 million will be
used to develop local police force computer crime units.

By Ben Willmott

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