EU hi-tech crime agency created

Monday, 24 November 2003, 3:00 PM EST

The European Network and Information Security Agency will help educate the public about viruses, hacker attacks and other security problems.

It will also act as a co-ordinator for Europe-wide investigations into virus outbreaks or electronic attacks.

ENISA has a budget of 24.3m euros (£17m), will start work in 2004 and will initially be based in Brussels.

"Trust and security are crucial components in the information society and by establishing ENISA we continue the work to create the culture of security," said Erkki Liikanen, European Information Society Commissioner.

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