Police set up regional cybercrime hubs

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Three regional teams dedicated to fighting the growing threat posed by online criminals are being set up in the UK, it has been announced.

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Yorkshire and the Humber, the Northwest and the East Midlands are each to get their own units to tackle cybercrime.

Each of the units will work in conjunction with Scotland Yard's London-based e-crime unit, which deals with cybercrime on a national basis.

The teams - which will each be comprised of three officers - are being set-up as part of a £30m drive to clamp down on online crime.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Janet Williams said: "These three additional policing units are going to play a critical role in our ability to combat the threat.

"It seems to me to be a positive move towards enhancing the national response to cybercrime.

"It is anticipated the hubs will make a significant contribution to the 'national harm reduction' target of £504m."

Attention was drawn to police efforts on cyber crime last week when a police onference call on efforts against hacking was intercepted and re-broadcast by hackers.

Kaspersky security researcher David Emm told the BBC: "It seems to me to be a positive move towards enhancing the national response to cybercrime.

"Until now, most of the police's expertise in computer-based crime has been concentrated in the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the Met.

"Clearly, the government is keen to widen the field of expertise, and this is part of that initiative."

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