the king is dead, long live the king

Eugen Leitl eugen at
Mon Dec 1 07:16:48 PST 2008

(Hardly has BKA failed hard, now they're trying it at the EU level)

EU to search out cyber criminals

Remote searches of suspect computers will form part of an EU plan to tackle
hi-tech crime.

The five-year action plan will take steps to combat the growth in cyber theft
and the machines used to spread spam and other malicious programs.

It will also encourage better sharing of data among European police forces to
track down and prosecute criminals.

Europol will co-ordinate the investigative work and also issue alerts about
cyber crime sprees.

Data share

The five-year plan won the backing of the EU ministers at a meeting which
also granted 300,000 euros (#250,000) to Europol to create the system to pool
crime reports and issue alerts about emerging threats.

The ministerial meeting also backed the anti-cyber crime strategy that will
see the creation of cross-border investigation teams and sanction the use of
virtual patrols to police some areas of the net.

Other "practical measures" include encouraging better sharing of information
between police forces in member nations and private companies on
investigative methods and trends.

In particular the strategy aims to tackle the trade in images of children
being sexually abused. In a statement outlining the strategy the EU claimed
"half of all internet crime involves the production, distribution and sale of
child pornography".

Forces will also take part in "remote searches" and patrol online to track
down criminals. The EU said controls were in place to ensure that data
protection laws were not breached as this information was gathered and

"The strategy encourages the much needed operational cooperation and
information exchange between the Member States," said EC vice-president
Jacques Barrot in a statement.

"If the strategy is to make the fight against cyber crime more efficient, all
stakeholders have to be fully committed to its implementation," he added. 

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