Gov't ploughs £4.3m into fight against cybercrime

Gov't ploughs £4.3m into fight against cybercrime

Summary: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has launched a new programme aimed at taking down scam websites

TOPICS: Security

The government has added fresh resources to the fight against cybercrime with the launch of a £4.3m programme to help combat fraud, estimated to cost UK consumers £3.5bn per year.

The programme, which aims to take down scam websites, was launched by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills this week.

Under the scheme, up to 300 of the UK's approximately 3,000 existing trading-standards officers will receive "intermediate" level training in tackling cybercrime.

For more on this story, see Scam websites: Target for new £4.3m cybercrime-fighting plan on

Topic: Security


Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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  • To true..

    "Meanwhile trading standards officers will concentrate on individual instances of people being ripped off by online traders"

    This is far more prevalent than most people realize, especially with smaller distributer out there, and I'm not just talking about auction sites.