Police Force Cyber-Warriors "Save UK £140m"

By Gary Cutlack on at

A bunch of mouse-pushers in the Met Police's e-crime division have put in a solid claim for an above-inflation pay rise, claiming to have saved the UK around £140m thanks to cracking down on various forms of cyber-crime.

The ACPO National e-Crime Programme has a "harm reduction target" of stopping an estimated £504m in cyber-crime over a four-year period. This £140m figure covers the last six months, and is supposedly the amount the unit has saved the economy thanks to cracking down on various digital crimes.

The team consist of 85 computer nerds, tasked with reducing "computer intrusion, distribution of malicious code (malware), denial of service (DDoS) attacks and internet enabled fraud". [Guardian]

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