Other signatories include Andrew Yeomans, vice president of global information security at investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort, and Martyn Thomas, professor of software engineering at the University of Oxford.
"We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to give urgent priority to the formation of a police central e-crime unit, as proposed by the Metropolitan Police and the Association of Chief Police Officers," reads the petition.
"The operation should cover all the activities proposed by the Metropolitan Police to the Home Office for such a unit, beginning with the collation of incident notification and intelligence and support for, and co-operation with, organisations like Get Safe OnLine and the National E-Crime Prevention Centre.
"But it needs to be on a scale akin to similar operations in the US with additional funding and resources from other government departments and industry (i.e. not just existing police budgets)."
Britain was one of the first countries to set up an electronic crime division with the formation of the National High Tech Crime Unit in 2001, and the approach has been copied by many other countries.
But the Unit was shut down in 2006 and most of its responsibilities and staff were absorbed into the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
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