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Scotland Yard Slams ISPs For Lack Of Cooperation in Tracing Hackers

Police investigations into computer crimes are being hampered by poor co-operation from some of the UK’s internet service providers, a senior detective claimed this week. Detective sergeant Steve Santorelli, a senior detective at Scotland Yard’s computer crime unit, said some ISPs have been turning down legitimate requests for help in tracing hackers and virus writers. “The problem is that ISPs are in a commercial business and they see no pound value in co-operating with the police,” he said. “It is a problem that we are going to face constantly as time goes on. Short of a change in the legal system, we have to rely on their good will.” The disclosure will raise questions about the adequacy of the Single Point of Contact (Spoc) system, used by police and other law enforcement agencies to channel requests for data, known as section 29.3 notices, to internet and telephone companies. The computer crime unit said it is often easier and quicker to secure information needed for investigations from overseas ISPs than from some UK firms. Full Story

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