Thursday, March 24, 2011

Centre to be set up to curb cybercrime

Published: Friday March 25, 2011 MYT 9:59:00 AM
Updated: Friday March 25, 2011 MYT 10:16:18 AM
Centre to be set up to curb cybercrime

KUALA LUMPUR: The police force plans to set up a one-stop centre to curb commercial crimes, especially cybercrimes.

Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Wira Syed Ismail Syed Azizan said the centre would be modelled after the hugely successful Taiwan Cybercrime Prevention and Fighting Centre.

“This will help speed-up commercial crime investigations as time is crucial,” he told reporters in conjunction with the 204th Police Day celebration Friday.

Besides the one-stop centre, the Commercial Criminal Investigation Department (CCID) is also planning to set up a database on white-collar criminals, including their modus operandi through police intelligence and complaints from victims.

“At present, the data is done manually and an application for facilities to set up the database had been submitted to the Logistics Department. We hope it can be set up in June or July,” he said.

Cases involving misuse of information and communication technology transcend national boundaries, he said, adding that they had changed with times from merely slanders, instigation and intimidations.

He said CCID officers were sent to attend training on crime trends, especially cyber crimes as the increase in the number of Internet users by 45.42% over the last 10 years had resulted in a rash of cyber criminals and scams.

He said fraud, criminal breach of trust and cyber crimes took a turn for the worst in 2009 with 24,590 cases involving the loss of RM1.4 billion. - Bernama

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