News Burst: Government plans Net snoop unit

The government is to set up a specialist snoop unit that targets paedophiles, drug barons and other criminals using the Net, according to reports.

Sources said the unit will be made up of programmers and crackers dedicated to breaking encryption codes. The government fears criminals will increasingly use encryption to send coded messages via the Net.

Despite reports the government is to fund the unit to the tune of £20m, the Home Office, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Cabinet Office told ZDNet News they had no knowledge of the unit.

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