By Chris Williams
5th November 2009
In the last year five British police forces have suffered major computer
failures lasting three days or more as a result of malicious internet
The spate of intrusions by cybercriminals and the resulting outages was
revealed recently by a senior authoritative source, who can't be
identified because the disclosure was made under the Chatham House rule.
The source did not reveal which forces were the victims of the attacks
or the method used.
The Association of Chief Police Officers, which coordinates police
strategy nationally, declined to comment on the incidents.
Despite the official silence on the matter, the news of repeated
breaches raises serious questions over the standard of police
Virtually all of day-to-day police operations are dependent on IT
systems such as the Police National Computer and the major incident
coordination software HOLMES 2, as well as more mundane but vital human
resources and equipment provisioning systems.
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