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e-Crime Stealth Decriminalisation

There has been a lot on e-crime, botnet and phishing attacks in the news recently. For example in last Thursday’s Guardian, there is an article on The Shambles of Cybercrime. One aspect of this is the overloading of e-crime investigation services. Phil Higgins, a senior partner with Brookcourt Solutions indirectly sent his own perspective of the story.

"Judging from a news report entitled `The Shambles over Cybercrime' in today's (Thursday's) Guardian, the enforcement of laws relating to electronic crime appears to be falling behind other crimes," said Higgins, who added that the cause appears to be the absorption of the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit into the Serious and Organised Crime Agency.

"It's not for me to comment on the effective decriminalisation of cybercrime, but the reality is that banks and other financial institutions appear to have taken over from the Police when it comes to investigation of card fraud and other allied crimes," Phil said.

"This is a clear warning to anyone using or involved in online commerce - in any shape or form - you may not be able to reply on the deterrent of the Police and other enforcement agencies any more," he added.

Higgins said that, whilst he was appalled to read of the state of UK cybercrime enforcement in the Guardian, he is not entirely surprised.

"Many companies install their suite of standard IT security software and think that's all they need to do to protect themselves. And when they get hit by cybercrime, it seems the Police are too overloaded to prosecute," he said.

"Companies need to protect their interests. This is why we say – over and over - that a sophisticated best of breed multi-product approach is the best safety net for companies involved in e-commerce," he added.

"It's a big bad world out there and the problem - and enforcement – of cybercrime is getting worse."

For more on the cybercrime situation, read the Guardian's article.