19th April 2005 - What Does the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit Do?
Howard Lamb, Crime Reduction Coordinator, NHTCU & Damian Walton, Metropolitan Police
Hi-tech crime has become a rapidly growing
concern for the crime fighters in recent years. Computers and the
internet provide great benefits to society, but knowledgable
criminals can exploit these technological tools as an aid to commit
crimes. To counteract this kind of crime the National Hi-Tech Crime
Unit (NHTCU) was developed within the
National Crime Squad.
The NHTCU works to combat national and transnational serious and
organised hi-tech crime both within, or which impacts upon, the UK.
It's the first national law enforcement organisation of its kind to
tackle a specific area of crime. Crimes targeted include software
piracy, hacking and virus attacks, fraud, blackmail and extortion,
on-line paedophilia, and identity theft.