Cybercriminals face internet ban

Cyber-stalkers, fraudsters and other criminals could be banned from accessing the internet, under proposals being considered by the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office.As part of the UK's Cyber Security Strategy, the government may broaden the scope of how it can enforce Serious Crime Prevention Orders to block criminals, sex offenders and others from accessing the internet, it announced on Friday.

Cyber-stalkers, fraudsters and other criminals could be banned from accessing the internet, under proposals being considered by the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office.

As part of the UK's Cyber Security Strategy, the government may broaden the scope of how it can enforce Serious Crime Prevention Orders to block criminals, sex offenders and others from accessing the internet, it announced on Friday.

"The Ministry of Justice and the Home Office will consider and scope the development of a new wayof enforcing these orders, using 'cyber-tags' which are triggered by the offender breaching the conditions that have been put on their internet use, and which will automatically inform the police or probation service," the government wrote in the strategy document (PDF). "If the approach shows promise we will look at expanding cyber-sanctions to a wider group of offenders."

The government hopes to rope more countries into the international "24/7 Network" of contacts to contact when cybercrime has been commited in another country. The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has liaison officers around the world for this, it said.

Along with this efforts are underway to make it easier for the public to report cybercrimes. Around half of the country's police forces let people report crime online and the government wants more forces to implement online crime reporting.

Resources will be ploughed into the Action Fraud online crime reporting tool to cut the time it takes to report a crime in half. All of these online reports will feed into the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, the government said, to help it give better crime prevention advice and know where to invest resources.

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