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

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.

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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Topics: Security


Steve Ranger is the UK editor-in-chief of ZDNet and TechRepublic, and has been writing about technology, business and culture for more than a decade. Previously he was the editor of silicon.com.

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