New EU plan to 'tackle hi-tech crime'

The BBC reports that a new five year action plan has been made to help European police forces tackle cyber crime. The plan should help police forces across Europe track down and prosecute criminals; the plan is focused mainly on reducing child pornography, and bringing down spam, viruses, and other malicious content.

Europol, the coordinators of the new scheme, received 300,000 euro to create the system that will allow police forces from within Europe to share crime reports, share data, as well as allowing them to issue alerts on the latest threats. Police will also be able to participate in "remote searches", which will allow them to virtually search through suspect computers, which, if used as described, would make it significantly easier to prosecute cyber-criminals.

In addition to these proposals, under the new scheme, "virtual patrols" would be used across some areas of the Internet, presumably chat rooms, although it would be expected that forums and social networks would be included too.

Controls will be put in place to ensure data protection laws are not breached, although there will still be concerns about sharing individual's data over several countries, particularly if the suspect in question later proves to be innocent. The plans will gradually be put into use over a five year period, although it is not clear when this will begin.

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Hopefully someone will finally help that princess that wants to transfer her inheritance to your bank account and come live with you.

Europol, the coordinators of the new scheme, received [b]300,000 euro[/b] to create the system...

Is EU really putting all their effort to stop spam and hi-tech crimes ?

How can you search something with out telling them about it? In the USA at least you have to be notified of the search during or immediatly after, and you can't just do a search with out a warrent (yes i know bush had warentless searches under the guise of "terrorism", lets just ignore that fact for now)

More like how can you remotely search a system if you do not know anything about it...
eg. my distro of linux is bearly used, do they have some huge generic linux backdoor or what?

when I first read the source, that's what I wondered.

By suspect computers, I understood it to mean computers they had confiscated already as evidence. This would seem to be what they meant in the source, and the EU source.

Police will also be able to participate in "remote searches", which will allow them to virtually search through suspect computers, which, if used as described, would make it significantly easier to prosecute cyber-criminals.

Without the suspects knowledge?

DARKFiB3R said,
Without the suspects knowledge?

lol, they are doing what cyber criminals do... search in computers without suspects knowledge.