Police: We want more info on e-crime attacks

Police: We want more info on e-crime attacks

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Businesses must reveal all...

Businesses must tell the police when they fall victim to e-crime but are often too embarrassed to do so, according to a high-ranking police officer.

Detective chief superintendent Chris Corcoran of North Wales Police, chair of the E-crime Wales Unit and member of the National E-crime Forum, told silicon.com: "We need to get a true picture of the real problem so we can start to resource it properly, start to link in nationally properly and start to take some informed preventative measures."

Corcoran said: "We can't deal with what we don't know about from a police perspective so - unless people tell us - we can't address the problem."

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Police can help by giving e-crime victims advice but businesses and consumers need to come onboard and recognise e-crime is "not high-tech crime but everyday crime", he added.

The UK no longer has a standalone reporting body to deal with e-crime occurrences. Such a body did exist but was incorporated into the Serious and Organised Crime Agency last year.

Wales set up its own e-crime steering group three years ago to begin taking action against cyber crimes and recently rolled out a management team to advise and support e-crime victims.

Corcoran added Welsh businesses are "over the moon" about this service and prefer the personal contact and ownership a region-specific body brings.

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