Employees who abuse company IT systems could find themselves collared by a specialist cyber police unit that is launched today.
The National Hi-Tech Crime Unit is the first national law enforcement organisation set up to combat computer based crime.
It is headed by Det Chief 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.
Home Secretary Jack Straw, speaking at the launch, said, “New technologies bring enormous benefits to the legitimate user but also offer opportunities for criminals, from those involved in financial fraud to paedophiles. We are determined that the UK will be the best and safest place in the world to conduct and engage in e-commerce and that our children receive the full protection they deserve on-line so they can surf the net in safety.”