[ISN] Foreign Police Vying to Learn Cyber Crime Investigation Skills
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Wed Oct 13 04:52:37 EDT 2004
By Lee Jin-woo
As Korea is one of the strongest Internet powerhouses in the world,
foreign cyber crime investigators are rushing to the country to learn
about the advanced investigation skills and systems in place here.
According to the National Police Agency, a French team comprising
police officers, prosecutors and computer experts arrived in Seoul
Monday for a five-day visit.
They are scheduled to learn about cyber crime cases, investigation
skills and systems from the Cyber Terror Response Center.
Earlier this month, some 40 Thai police officers, Justice Ministry
officials and computer experts visited the center in order to discuss
how to set up a similar system in Thailand.
In addition, British police officers have visited Korea three times
since 2002 and a key official of the U.S. Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) in charge of cyber terrorism came here early this
Next month, police officers from Southeast Asian countries are
scheduled to take two-week-long training courses here to learn about
Korea¡¯s advanced system against cyber crimes.
``As Korea has set up one of the fastest developed online systems in
the world and related crimes on the Internet have also greatly
increased, our anti-cyber crime center has also developed one of the
most advanced investigation methods and is a well-organized
system,¡¯¡¯ a police officer said.
The center was established as the Hacker Investigation Squad in 1995
and later changed its name and system a few times until it was
transformed into the current center in 2000.
The number of people arrested for committing crimes on the Internet
has increased seven times in the last three years in Korea.
South Korea boasts of 29.22 million Internet users, accounting for
64.5 percent of its total population.
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