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Cyber crime danger

Monday, November 30, 2009

THE Police Force has forecast cyber crimes to increase by 40 to 50 per cent from 2010 to 2012.

Jemesa Lave of the police cyber crime unit said in these two years, it was anticipated that more complicated technological crimes would be perpetrated in Fiji.

Coupled with this, he said was the anticipated shift from conventional criminal operations to cybercrime.

"We need legislation, we need to ensure that standards are put in place to address computer crime issues," Mr Lave said.

He said people needed to be aware that computer crimes knew no borders.

Mr Lave said the major challenge for Fiji was having implemented legislations to cover this.

He said at present, the police had some degree of capability to detect and investigate recently enacted decrees to ensure offenders were brought to decide.

At the cyber crime unit, there are 13 INTERPOL trainers in IT crime investigation, two certified computer forensics specialist, computer forensics specialists, one certified application forensics speciality, and one certified mobile forensics specialist.

Mr Lave said 70 per cent of the reports they received had been investigated by CID headquarters.