The National Police Agency on Thursday released its program to improve information security on the Internet.

The package, called the information security priority program 2005, is in response to an increasing cyber crimes, including online auction fraud, fraudulent online billing and so-called phishing to lure Net users to bogus Web sites and trick them into providing private information.

Under the program, the NPA will beef up its coordination with prefectural police to more efficiently investigate computer-related crimes, particularly Internet publication of criminal material, including child pornography, the agency said.

The package also aims to establish a system to quickly deal with cyber attacks on computer systems in government organizations.

Web sites operated by the government will be more closely monitored and if attacks are detected, the site operators will be promptly notified, the agency said.

In addition, police will be encouraged to obtain an in-house license on detecting cyber crimes. The package also says police will be sent to university teams studying computer crimes.

There will also be personnel exchanges with security authorities overseas.

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