Experts plot tactics to beat web crime

Wednesday, 17 September 2003, 12:58 PM EST

The UK government's first e-crime conference in London talked tough on computer crime. The long-overdue initiative promised "joined-up thinking" with a frank discussion between industry security heads, police and government experts.

Talk of confidentiality charters and tougher sentencing sounds good, but serious concerns remain over the police's ability to negotiate the global battle that computer crime has become.

Computer infrastructure is vitally important, with both the prime minister and the chancellor viewing IT as essential to the UK economy.

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