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E-crime communication breakdown

Date: January 09, 2007
Source: ZDNet UK
By: Tom Espiner

An industry body that represents large corporations has criticised Britain's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) for its lack of openness in working with UK companies to tackle e-crime.

The Corporate IT Forum (known as tif), which encourages IT knowledge sharing between large businesses, criticised SOCA, known as the "British FBI", for lack of communication. tif said it was concerned that large UK businesses are not getting guidance on combating cybercrime and online fraud.

According to tif, little open information exchange about combating internet fraud has occurred between corporate IT security experts and SOCA since the crime agency was launched.

Prior to SOCA's formation 10 months ago, serious e-crime was investigated by the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU). The NHTCU was then amalgamated into SOCA. The chief executive of tif, David Roberts, praised the NHTCU's previous efforts at encouraging information exchange, and said that the industry was finding it difficult to communicate with SOCA.
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