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Petition calls for creation of e-crime unit

A petition signed (opens in new tab) by 83 security professionals and IT experts is asking for the government to create a central "police e-crime unit" to deal with the dangers of high level cybercrime.

The online petition (opens in new tab), which was launched by Neil Stinchcombe of Infosecurity Europe, comes after the loss of the details of 25 million Child benefit claimants were lost by the HM Revenue and customs in UK's biggest ever data-related cock-up.

The online petition has been signed by some of the most respected names in the tech sector like Lord Toby Harris who presides over the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Policing, Simon Moores or Ian Cook.

The petition calls for the creation of "a well resourced operation to address computer assisted crime (including information and identity theft from data and call centres, not just the use of the Internet to automate old crimes and invent new ones) a matter of great urgency."

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.