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SOCA Operatives Gain Training In Cyber-Crime

McAfee : 02 July, 2010  (Application Story)
McAfee has been in the UK providing training to SOCA and the Central eCrime unit on the investigation and forensic analysis of malware
Experts from McAfee have this week provided hands on malware investigation and forensics training to investigators from the Police Central eCrime Unit (PCeU) and the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) in the UK.

"Cybercrime is a growing problem that negatively impacts everybody. While a lot has been done to combat cybercrime over the past decade, criminals still have the upper hand. This is the latest example of our ongoing commitment to share our expertise with law enforcement around the world and join forces in the fight on cybercrime," said Greg Day, director of security strategy for McAfee in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

"The policing of e-crime faces the challenge of keeping pace with technological advances," said Detective Chief Inspector Terry Wilson of The Police Central e-crime Unit. "Hackers and virus writers have evolved from largely enthusiastic amateur 'criminals' to financially motivated, organized global criminal enterprises. We are grateful to McAfee and their experts for sharing their knowledge."

Cybercrooks continue to rapidly evolve and churn out attacks. McAfee collected nearly 17 million samples of malicious software, or malware, in 2009, more than in all previous years combined. The recent "Operation Aurora" attack on Google and dozens of other companies is one example of cybercrimininals' increasingly sophisticated tactics.

The practical hands-on training course brought together cybercrime specialists from PCeU and SOCA. It focused on enhancing their knowledge and technical skills required to combat the latest malicious software techniques used by cybercriminals, as well as sharing computer forensics techniques.

The effort by McAfee to train UK law enforcement specialists is part of the McAfee Initiative to Fight Cybercrime, a wide ranging initiative aimed at closing critical gaps in the fight against cybercrime and make a practical and measurable impact on decreasing criminal activity. Last year McAfee experts trained cybercrime investigators in the Balkan region in cooperation with the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE). Additionally, McAfee has provided financial support to the Council of Europe and the National District Attorneys Association for programs to train law enforcement, prosecutors and judges on cybercrime.

The McAfee Initiative to Fight Cybercrime includes calls for action from law enforcement, academia, service providers, government, the security industry and society at large to deliver more effective investigations and prosecutions of cybercrime. As part of the initiative McAfee has given grants to organizations around the world, has honoured cybercrime fighters with awards and has launched a Cybercrime Response Unit to assist those who think they might have fallen victim to cybercrime.
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