Tighter regulations are in the works in an effort to curb remote gambling and stifle crime syndicates' funding, amid growing reach of such activities over social networks and mobile apps.
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Cell networks are to announce a centralised database of unique mobile device IDs as part of a national register of stolen phones, as part of efforts to reduce crime.
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Mobile plans for everyone with 1.3 million options; Mexico's new Internet tax will be 3 percent; and the U.K. has a new web site map showing were every crime has occurred for the last 3 years.
So we get a press release today from the Met, entitled: "Mobile phone crime in Capital falls significantly - Latest from New Scotland Yard". Interesting stuff, right?
Seven prison inmates in NSW have been given additional sentences after being found with mobile phones, the Minister for Justice John Hatzistergos said today, adding three more are due to face court on similar charges since the new laws came into effect last July.Hatzistergos said inmates have been warned about the possession of mobile phones since the laws against mobile phone possession were enacted, and that the crime is punishable by an extra two years imprisonment.
Police have been issued new guidelines for gathering computer crime and electronic forensic evidence that deals with handling PDAs and mobile phones and the use of outside expert witnesses in investigations. The revised Good Practice Guide for Computer-based Electronic Evidence has been compiled by the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit and the Association of Chief Police Officers with the aim of assisting the seizure of equipment and data and preventing its corruption.
Japanese police are encouraging third-generation (3G) mobile phone users to assist them in their fight against crime. Thursday's edition of the Mainichi Daily News reports that officers in Osaka have set up an emergency videophone hotline. They hope that 3G phones users who witness a crime will be able to email an image, or even a video clip of the action, to the Osaka police. Japanese mobile giant NTT DoCoMo launched its 3G service last year. It provides a constant high-speed connection to the Internet, and subscribers will use a smart phone that includes a built-in digital camera. The service is expected to start on 1 April, and the Osaka police are reported to be confident that it will make it easier for them to identify offenders. --Graeme Wearden, ZDUK
Britain's most senior judge signals that stealing a mobile phone must become a custodial offence. Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf has addressed the rapid rise in mobile phone crime by announcing that those convicted of stealing a handset should face up to five years in prison--or even longer if violence is used. Britain's most senior judge also said that mobile phone manufacturers have an obligation to try and make phones less attractive to thieves. The Attorney General had referred the cases to the Appeals Court because he felt the original sentences were unduly lenient--a view shared by Lord Woolf. --Graeme Wearden, ZDNet News U.K.
BT Cellnet undermines Home Office claims on crime figures associated with mobile phones
The news is replete these days with antics of script-kiddies, password thieves, virus infection, mobile hostile code, denial of service and various other cyber-perpetrations so numerous one is tempted to yawn and think "So what else is new?" Online crime, if it can be called that, is no longer exceptional -- remember the Philippine student who was found to be the loveletter virus author and who walked away without being charged due to national "lawlessness.
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