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 have 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.
Under the Criminal Code of Canada there are two categories of pure computer 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:
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.
Please 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 RECOL.ca .
For further information about the RCMP Technological Crime Program, refer to our national webpage: www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/tops-opst/index-eng.htm