UK and US police are serious about cybercrime

The UK and US Police agencies both have said that they are committed to tackling the growing problem of cybercrime, but they are suffering skill shortages.

According to Pete O'Doherty, head of the UK's National Fraud Intelligence Bureau,"From what I see day in and day out, cyber crime is rapidly increasing, both in volume and in complexity. As a pure crime, but also as facilitator for other crimes. It is evolving at a rapid pace," 

He also warned that 70% of all modern frauds involve a cyber element, a stark figure showing the growth of digital deviancy. He labelled the epidemic a global threat.

On the other side The US is also struggling to hunt down cyber criminals.

According to James Comey, Director of the FBI "there is a huge amount of cybercrime going on at all different levels, but the FBI is prioritising national security threats and botnet operations." 

He also said that that cyber threats will Dominate his time with the Bureau, and warned that the 17,000 individual police agencies throughout the US need to become Digitally Literate, however the FBI has a training programme for police to increase skills in this area.