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The Home Office has finally approved the creation of a central police e-crime Unit(PCeU), a year after the idea was first proposed. The cybercrime unit will be based at Scotland Yard and is expected to begin work early next year. The division will provide specialist computer forensics training and coordinate efforts to fight …


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  1. Neil

    I hereby suggest

    That these officers be known from now on as the iPlod

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    I bet they'll be the Met ECrime Unit

    Everyone knows the Met think they they are the only Police Force, oops, sorry, Service and they'll only service their own interests.

    paris because she knows how to service everyone

  3. Riscyrich

    Legends ?

    >> The kernel of the division will be 50 officers from the Met's Hi-tech Crime Unit.

    Hands up if you would like to meet said personnel to vet their skills?

    I sincerely hope these people are legends in their respective areas…

  4. Mike Crawshaw
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    Instead of ringing the local plod, and getting a disinterested twat giving us a crime reference number for insurance purposes, we'll ring the iPlod (I love that name, Neil!!), where a disinterested twat will give us a crime reference number. Progress!!!!

  5. Anonymous Coward


    Awesome... I second that!

  6. Anonymous Coward

    Application to join SOCA

    Weeda likea be organize by your best sounding Agency. Cuda you represence us?

    Reverences anda many practical results sending bya request,

    Yours seriously into crime, c. nostra

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Under funded

    You know what's going to happen. There will be confusion about which organisation will be tasked with investigating your case of cyber crime, and the organisation concerned will be severely under funded to the point where they turn round and say "you haven't lost enough money for us to investigate it, join the queue".

    Internet crime has been around for years and it's only now the Police, the Government decide to form a group to investigate it.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Lack of Staff

    According to another article I have just read, the staff complement of the new unit will be 45, made up from Police officers and IT experts.

    So less than 45 staff will be IT experts. How many e-crimes can 45 IT experts investigate in a year?

    Exactly as I predicted in my earlier post, way underfunded.

    How is it, when it comes to IT, on just about everything, this Labour government manages to screw up in a big way?

    Good job they haven't set up an email address to which we can report cyber crimes, would take too long to have them completely snowed under with the 419 scams alone.

  9. richard


    They can start by investigating the phorm/BT illegal interceptions then.

  10. paul
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    "funded by industry"

    You know their sole goal will catching 15 year olds downloading the latest pop trash,

  11. Nick Palmer
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    Errrrr...I think it may be more the case that we'll now have a dedicated policing agency to tell us to go Phuck ourselves rather than investigate it, but you never know...

  12. Vincent
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    @ iPlod

    I third that!

  13. amanfromMars Silver badge

    MisDirection ..... Shielding whom?

    "The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) is tasked with tackling high-level international crime and only takes reports of cybercrime indirectly."

    They haven't realised that cyber criminals are running high-level international crime then?

  14. Anonymous Coward


    So instead of just being hassled by Plod-standard on the streets, we now have to put up with iPlod hassling us on the web.

    *\. Sending a letter to the OED about adding the term 'TwatDangle' & now 'iPlod' to the new edition.

  15. Graham Marsden
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    Re: iPlod

    ROFLALAL! Excellent!!

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    They went that way, you can catch them if you hurry -->

  17. amanfromMars Silver badge

    Why Beta Programmers are Worth IT

    "So less than 45 staff will be IT experts." ...... By RotaCyclic Posted Wednesday 1st October 2008 14:33 GMT

    It only Requires One Experienced Expert though ... to Provide Lead with Leads to Follow Feeding Crooked Needs. ...... in Order to Control towards an Accepted Norm.

  18. Will Godfrey Silver badge


    Neil - you own me an new monitor and keyboard !!!

  19. Anonymous Coward


    Surely this is the must anticipated arrival of the eee pc...

  20. Matthew

    This prosecution proudly brought to you by the RIAA

    "funded by industry"?? How's that not going to cause interference?

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    But lets remember

    They may be the same experts who headed Operation Ore

    be afraid if you're an innocent card fraud victim!!

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