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Report cybercrimes

Date: January 24, 2007

Giving oral evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee currently investigating personal security on the internet, representatives of Microsoft and members of the open source community last week agreed that more must be done to facilitate the reporting of cybercrime.

According to Jerry Fishenden, national technology officer for Microsoft UK, the public is confused as to how they should go about reporting cybercrime.

He said: “We believe it is necessary to have as easy a reporting mechanism as possible so that when people are victims of cybercrime or attempted cybercrime there is a streamlined reporting structure and ideally one body with responsibility for receiving those complaints and having appropriate resources to investigate and potentially initiate prosecutions where appropriate.”

“If I walked in to a police station tomorrow to report an online phishing attack, would it be treated in the same way as an attempted pick-pocketing? Is that a model we want to move to or do we want to have cybercrime handled at the centre?” he added.

The Internet Crime Complaints Centre, established by the FBI back in the late 1990s, was given as an exemplary scheme. The centre forms a single point of reporting and looks into over 10,000 complaints a year.
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