New sheriff for New Zealand’s ‘cyberspace wild west’

[NZPA] With a push on the send button of a cellphone, Police Commissioner Howard Broad yesterday launched a fresh assault on what he called the “cyberspace wild west”.He didn’t look like Wyatt Earp and he didn’t look like Neo from The Matrix either, but his sent text message activated a Matrix-like light show in the server room housing the computers and decoders in the new Police Electronic Crime Laboratory in Wellington.Fourteen staff are housed in the e-crime lab using state-of-the-art equipment to crack down on the movements of criminals who use the internet and other electronic devices.Since 2002 police have worked with Australian federal and state police and other overseas police agencies on e-crime.

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