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Integrated Technological Crime Unit (ITCU)

Computer crimes have become increasingly common due to the prevalence of computers today. As technology advances and becomes more sophisticated, so does computer-based crime. Computers Computerhave been used for embezzlement, money laundering, fraud, organized crime and various other illegal activities.

In order to combat serious computer-based crimes, "O” Division formed the ITCU in 1998. The Unit’s mission is to investigate what is known as pure computer crimes, to provide forensic expertise in computer-assisted crime investigations, and to investigate significant cyber crime incidents.

The ITCU members have a wide range of policing experience, which is an asset in both the forensic examination of data and in cyber crime investigations. The Unit also employs several civilian members who assist in the research and implementation of new technologies to aid in investigations. Members of the ITCU have strong computer backgrounds and are continually upgrading their skills to stay on top of the ever changing world of technology.

Pure Computer Crimes

Under the Criminal Code of Canada there are two categories of pure computer crimes:

1. Mischief to Data (C.C. Sec. 430):

  • destroying or altering data;
  • rendering data meaningless, useless, or ineffective;
  • obstructing, interrupting, or interfering with the lawful use of data;
  • obstructing, interrupting, or interfering with any person in the lawful use of data or denying access to data to any person who is entitled to access.

2. Unauthorized Use of a Computer (C.C. Sec. 342.1):

  • fraudulently obtaining, directly or indirectly, any computer service;
  • by means of an electro-magnetic, acoustic, mechanical or other device, intercepting or causing to be intercepted, directly or indirectly, any function of a computer system;
  • using or causing to be used, directly or indirectly, a computer system with intent to commit an offence in relation to data or a computer system.

Examples of pure computer crime include:

  • unauthorized access to a computer system
  • misuse of digital data
  • possession of equipment or passwords facilitating
    this type of offence

Computer-Assisted Crimes

In the field of forensics, the ITCU has the important role of assisting RCMP investigative units in the search, seizure and analysis of computing devices used in the commission of crimes. Computer-assisted crime involves the use of a computer as a tool to aid in the commission of traditional offences. In addition to providing investigative support in computer-assisted crimes, the ITCU also provides expert testimony and evidence in criminal court, based on the analysis conducted. Some traditional offences committed with the assistance of computers include:

  • drug trafficking
  • national security threats
  • smuggling of illegal immigrants
  • distribution of child pornography

Cyber Crime

Cyber crime, also known as net crime, is defined as malicious activity utilizing or directed towards the internet and/or information technology applications. One type of cyber crime is a Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack. This is an attack on a computer system or network that causes a loss of service to users. A DoS attack could, for example, result in online retailers losing significant amounts of revenue. Other examples include defacement of web pages, computer hacking, and spreading computer viruses.

Did You Know...?

Following the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 additional officers were assigned to the Integrated Technological Crime Unit, giving the unit the ability to respond to computer crimes against the infrastructure of Canada, and to respond to terrorist-related investigations involving computing systems being conducted by RCMP anti-terrorism units.

Reporting Computer Crimes

Electronic equipmentPlease report cyber crimes or technological crimes such as hacking, mischief to data, network intrusions, denial of service attacks, computer viruses or trojans to your local police service.

If you are the victim of fraud, identity theft, a telemarketing scam or other white-collar crime, you can either report the crime to your local police service or you can report the crime online using the RECOL website. RECOL is a service administered by the National White Collar Crime Centre of Canada and supported by the RCMP and other agencies. See .

For further information about the RCMP Technological Crime Program, refer to our national webpage: