Police unit claims £140m success in e-crime crackdown

Police unit claims £140m success in e-crime crackdown

Summary: The Metropolitan Police's Central e-Crime Unit has saved the UK around £140m in the last six months through its efforts to crack down on internet fraud, DDoS attacks and distribution of malware

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The Metropolitan Police's digital crime unit has saved the economy more than £140m in the last six months by targeting online criminals, according to newly released figures.

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The Met's Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU), is an 85-strong team whose remit is to tackle those responsible for the most serious digital crime such as computer intrusion, distribution of malware, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and internet fraud.

The £140m represents the amount of money the UK has been prevented from losing through cybercrime. The PCeU said on Sunday this saving is the result of a number of successful prosecutions and operations by the unit.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Busted: Police unit saves UK £140m in crackdown on digital crime on silicon.com.


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