The New New Internet has learned that the Metropolitan Police in London are forming two units to deal with potential cyber crime relating to the 2012 Olympic Games. One of the units will combat cyber crime to include hacking attempts and fraud attempts. The second unit will focus on the prevention of ticket fraud which will include monitoring ticket sales websites.
The police are presently recruiting individuals to help investigate and combat cyber crime. Detective superintendent Charlie McMurdie, who will be heading the cyber crime unit, said “We’re looking at precursor crime-enabler websites. We’re working with registrars to put in place preventative measures to stop those sites being registered.”
Atos Origin will provide cyber security protection for the computer systems used at the Games.
Detective chief superintendent Nigel Mawer, head of the economic crime directorate, said “There are already rogue websites offering tickets for the Olympics, and there is already significant organised crime around ticketing. It’s highly likely organised criminals will target the Olympics.”