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Labor takes crime agenda to internet

Labor has committed $7 million over five years to a cyber crime research institute at Edith Cowan University.

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said ECU's security research unit had a leading-edge program to fight the growing crime.

"What they need is more support," Mr McGowan said. "It's a big problem facing our society."

The unit already works with WA Police and is developing technology to counter cybercrime.

Institute director Professor Craig Valli said the unit helped with digital forensics and finding ways to get evidence in computer hardware.

"We look at devices that may be used in the commission of a crime," he said. "The thing about the internet is you are 30 milliseconds from anywhere. Part of our role is to go to organisations and play the adversary by trying to enter their systems."

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