Senior police officials questioned on threat of e-crime

Charlie McMurdie, Head of Police Central e-Crime unit
06 December 2012

The Home Affairs Committee questions senior police officials and academics regarding the threat of e-crime.


Tuesday 11 December, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 2.45pm

  • Commissioner Adrian Leppard, City of London Police

At 3.15pm

  • Charlie McMurdie, Head of Police Central e-Crime unit
  • Andy Archibald, Deputy Director, Cyber and Forensics, Serious Organised Crime Agency

At 3.45pm

  • Ross Anderson, Foundation for Information Policy Research
  • Professor Peter Sommer, London School of Economics 

Chair's comments

Committee Chair Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP said:

“One year on  from the launch of the Government’s Cyber Security Strategy we will be asking the UK’s e-crime leads about the progress made to date in equipping police forces to tackle e-crime. We will also be asking them about the likely impact of the big organisational changes to national e-crime units with the introduction of the National Crime Agency next year.

Concerns have been raised about whether cyber criminals receive a punishment that fits the crime. 22% of online fraud victims have reported being at risk of bankruptcy or reported receiving medical treatment as a result of the fraud committed against them. The Committee will be exploring the causes of this and how they can best be overcome.

We will also be taking evidence from Professor Ross Anderson and Professor Peter Sommer. We will be asking them about the difficulties in measuring e-crime and possible improvements to legislation and banking regulations. We will also ask them for an independent assessment of the progress made in implementing the goals of the Cyber Security Strategy that are related to e-crime.

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