A change in the monitoring and management of e-crime could lead to no supervision at all.


Rick Howard, director of intelligence at iDefense, claimed that as the hi-tech crime unit is wound down and the e-crime unit is installed, the changeover time will give a window of opportunity for cybercriminals to go about their business unmonitored.


Howard said: “If no one is in charge of public policing, who is in charge of the cybercriminals? When the hi-tech crime unit moves away and the e-crime unit takes over, there will be a gap of who is in charge and what they are doing.


“There will be a while before the PECU is able to ramp up its activities, all the while the cybercriminals will not go away, so there will be a gap of time of opportunity for the bad people without the authorities noticing.”