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2013: EUROPOL will start with its European Cybercrime Centre in Le Hague.

European Security News , Europol Center against Cybercrime

The EU European Commission , wants to establish a dedicated Cybercrime Centre as part of Europol (the European Police Office of INTERPOL). The headquarters wil be in the city of The Hague.

Europe’s cyber crime fighters should start with its activities by January 2013.

The Cybercrime centre will focus on illegal online activities carried out by organised crime groups, particularly those generating large criminal profits, such as online fraud involving credit cards and bank credentials.

The interest of the EU is to fight against any criminal and fradulent disruption of Europeans digital lives. The Centre  within Europol will become a hub for co-operation in defending a transparent and crime free Internet.

The announcement coincides with the release of a reportfrom the UK’s John Grieve Centre for Policing and Community Safety revealing that at least 80 per cent of all digital crime committed now originates from organised criminal gangs.

The centre is part of the EU’s ambition to build trust in a single pan-European digital market by cracking down on cyber crime.

The activities of the new centre will be:

A) to fight e-crime infiltration

B) help with the fight against online identity theft

C) focus on cyber crimes that cause serious harm to their victims, such as online child sexual explotation and cyber-attacks affecting critical infrastructure and information systems in the EU.

D) gather information to support investigations conducted by member states’ law enforcement agencies

E) identify the most dangerous, pressing cyber crime threats and networks in the EU.

D) European interaction. Cyber crime crosses state borders. A breach of security at a bank in one country could be linked to similar incidents affecting the same bank in other countries. So the centre will develop a common standard for cyber crime reporting and will be able to alert individual police authorities.

E) provide an early warning system for national law enforcement on new vulnerabilities or on how to handle technically challenging cases and provide specialist advice to investigators, prosecutors and judges.

EUROPOL  has big expectation about this new centre.