[ISN] UK: New Unit to Combat High-Tech Crime

From: mea culpa (jerichoat_private)
Date: Wed Jun 24 1998 - 23:58:41 PDT

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    From: Nicholas Charles Brawn <ncb05at_private>
    from YOMIURI SHIMBUN, June 05, 1998 
    The National Police Agency plans to create a special "cyberpolice" unit to
    combat the rise in high-tech crimes involving the Internet and other new
    technologies, the agency said Wednesday in announcing its new high-tech
    crime program. Information will be exchanged with its investigative
    counterparts overseas on a 24-hour-a-day basis, it said. The program will
    include special high-tech crime squads at the prefectural level, and
    information security advisers at prefectural police stations who will
    liaise directly with the private sector, with which the NPA wants to
    coordinate its efforts. The agency will also request a budget for a
    "hacker-proof" supercomputer next fiscal year. 
    The NPA recorded 263 high-tech crimes last year-eight times more than in
    1992. High-tech crime was on the agenda of the Group of Eight summit
    meeting in Britain last month, where the eight leaders agreed to report on
    their efforts to combat high-tech crime at the G-8 summit in Cologne,
    Germany, next year. The NPA said Japan's current laws are inadequate and
    it would push to have new laws enacted to limit access to computers by
    those with criminal intent.
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