EU boosts its fight against cybercrime (10/01/2013)
As from 11 January the new European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) will be up and running to help protect European citizens and businesses from cyber-crime.
EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström said: “Cybercriminals are smart and quick in using new technologies for criminal purposes; the EC3 will help us become even smarter and quicker to help prevent and fight their crimes.”
The EC3 will focus on illegal online activities carried out by organised crime groups, especially attacks targeting e-banking and other online financial activities, online child sexual exploitation and those crimes that affect the critical infrastructure and information systems in the EU.
The Centre will also ensure capacity building among law enforcement, judges and prosecutors and will produce threat assessments, including trend analyses, forecasts and early warnings.
The EC3 will be situated at the European Police Office, Europol in the Hague (the Netherlands).
According to a recent Eurobarometer, Europeans remain very concerned about cyber security. 89% of internet users avoid disclosing personal information online, and 12% have already experienced online fraud.
Around one million people worldwide fall victim to some form of cybercrime every day. Estimates indicate that victims lose around EUR 290 billion each year worldwide as a result of cybercriminal activities.