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Computer crime either the "old crimes, new technology" or of the "new crimes, new technology" variety does not seem to feature at all in the 5 year strategic plan for which the Prime Minister Tony Blair and Home Secretary David Blunkett announced recently.
If even a small percentage of the current levels of millions of "old crimes, new technology" such as illegal porn, prescription drugs without a prescription, fake prescription drugs, 419 advance fee frauds, bank details phishing frauds, illegal gambling etc. or "new crimes, new technology" such as computer virus and worm attacks, electronic Denial of Service attacks etc. were actually reported to the Police or to the British Crime Survey, then target of a 15% reduction in crime in three years i.e. 825,000 crimes which Home Secretary David Blunkett's promised Chancellor Gordon Brown so as to justify the ?2.8 billion incease in the Home Office budget, might be difficult to achieve, except by fiddling the figures..
The plans to clamp down on the "top 50" (or is it actually only the top 20) criminals in each area do not seem to include any online computer criminals at all.
How likely is it that any of these politicians would resign if they fail to meet this 15% crime reduction target, assuming that they get re-elected at the next General Election ?
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