The UK Government has been accused of failing to take e-crime seriously by IT chiefs at some of the UK's biggest companies.
There is a demand now that the Home Office keeps a promise to establish a police unit to deal with high-tech criminal gangs. The abolition of the National High Tech Crime Unit in 2006 is believed to have left a vacuum in the investigation of e-crime. The Home Office said it takes the issue “seriously” and has allocated funding to make reporting cyber-crime easier. Although cyber-crimes have to be reported to local police, but they do not have the training to understand complex cases. Companies in the UK say that they are dealing with a rising tide of electronic crime. The threat includes denial of service attacks, where corporate websites are taken out of action and money is demanded by hackers, and “phishing”, where fake websites are used to try to obtain banking details.