The G8 Subgroup on High-Tech Crime was established by the G8 in 1997. At a meeting in that year, the G8 countries adopted Ten Principles to combat computer crime to ensure that there were no "safe havens" for criminals anywhere in the world.
The Subgroup began with a mission to enhance the abilities of G8 countries to prevent, investigate, and prosecute crimes involving computers, networked communications, and other new technologies. Over time, that mission has expanded to include work with third countries and on such topics as combating terrorist uses of the Internet and protection of critical information infrastructures.
Countries are represented in the Subgroup by multi-disciplinary delegations that include cybercrime investigators and prosecutors, and experts on legal systems, forensic analysis and international cooperation agreements.