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UK Calls for Civilian Deputies to Fight Cybercrime

A contingent of British MPs, police and technology industry executives will propose on Thursday that civilian specialists be deputised and local UK laws strengthened to fight cyber crime. “E-crime has become a huge problem, hitting e-commerce, hitting business. It’s one of the obstacles in the way of creating a true information society,” said Philip Virgo, Secretary General of EURIM, a ten-year-old trade group for Europe’s technology sector. EURIM is hoping the proposals act as a blueprint for other European countries also caught in the grip of a cyber crime wave. According to Virgo, the group has collected input from the UK’s National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, elected officials and executives from Britain’s biggest banks and business association to develop a blueprint for fighting one of the biggest crime threats facing businesses and individuals. The group will propose that the government relieve the overburdened police force by enrolling computer security specialists from the private sector to assist.Full Story

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