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The rise of the white collar hacker

IT pros – not spotty teenagers – are now the most usual suspects in cybercrime investigations, a senior Metropolitan Police officer said today. A new breed of white collar criminal is coming to the fore, Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur, the head of Scotland Yard’s specialist crime directorate, told delegates at the Computer and Internet Crime Conference in London: “We’re seeing more mature offenders, often with a background in the IT industry carrying out malicious attacks and infiltration. Attacks, especially in the banking sector, have been motivated by organised crime groups.” However, companies often simply sack employees guilty of fraud or misuse or their computer systems, when they should be reporting them to the police. This approach is short-sighted, Ghaffur said, citing investigations where his officers have arrested suspects who were fired several times before facing prosecution for fraud. Scotland Yard wants to make it easier for firms to report computer crimes and share information on losses – anonymously, if necessary. Full Story

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