Revisiting the NHTCU website

Graham Cluley

Earlier this week I published a video about how the website of Britain’s National Hi-Tech Crime Unit had been allowed to fade away by the Serious Organised Crime Association (SOCA), and how an opportunistic German had grabbed the domain for his own undefiined purposes.

The story of how a police website (widely linked to by the UK Home Office, the BBC, and many others) had been been abandoned and snapped up by an internet marketing company made a number of headlines in the press.

In a statement to a journalist from Techworld, SOCA admitted responsibility for allowing the domain registration to lapse and said it was “taking the necessary steps to remind partners and stakeholders that the NHTCU became SOCA e-crime in April 2006, and that they should…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.