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Cybercrime

Cybercrime is a fast-growing area of crime. More and more criminals are exploiting the speed, convenience and anonymity of the Internet to commit a diverse range of criminal activities that know no borders, either physical or virtual.

These crimes can be divided into three broad areas:

  • Attacks against computer hardware and software, for example, botnets, malware and network intrusion;
  • Financial crimes, such as online fraud, penetration of online financial services and phishing;
  • Abuse, especially of young people, in the form of grooming or ‘sexploitation’. Read more about INTERPOL's work to combat crimes against children.

See advice about the Heartbleed bug and about how to stay safe on the Internet.

The changing nature of cybercrime

New trends in cybercrime are emerging all the time, with costs to the global economy running to billions of dollars.

In the past, cybercrime was committed mainly by individuals or small groups. Today, we are seeing criminal organizations working with criminally minded technology professionals to commit cybercrime, often to fund other illegal activities. Highly complex, these cybercriminal networks bring together individuals from across the globe in real time to commit crimes on an unprecedented scale.

Criminal organizations turning increasingly to the Internet to facilitate their activities and maximize their profit in the shortest time. The crimes themselves are not necessarily new – such as theft, fraud, illegal gambling, sale of fake medicines – but they are evolving in line with the opportunities presented online and therefore becoming more widespread and damaging.

INTERPOL’s role

INTERPOL is committed to becoming a global coordination body on the detection and prevention of digital crimes through its INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), currently being constructed in Singapore.

A key component of this new cutting-edge research and development facility is the INTERPOL Digital Crime Centre. This new centre provides proactive research into new areas and latest training techniques, and coordinates operations in the field.

Our main initiatives in cybercrime focus on:

News
01 October 2014

Combating cybercrime through cooperation focus of INTERPOL-Europol conference


30 September 2014

INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation opens its doors


30 September 2014

INTERPOL and Trend Micro reinforce cooperation in combating cybercrime


30 September 2014

INTERPOL strengthens cooperation with Kaspersky Lab in global fight against cybercrime


23 August 2014

Philippine operation against ‘sextortion’ network builds on INTERPOL support


05 June 2014

Police and public unite behind INTERPOL campaign to #TurnBackCrime


02 May 2014

INTERPOL-coordinated operation strikes back at ‘sextortion’ networks


30 April 2014

Criminal network involved in payment card fraud dismantled with INTERPOL support


11 March 2014

Italy Police Chief visit to INTERPOL focuses on enhancing law enforcement cooperation


20 September 2013

INTERPOL Chief warns of ‘invisible’ threats to personal and economic security


03 September 2013

Partnerships key to protecting cyberspace, Head of INTERPOL says


22 August 2013

Innovation the way forward against tomorrow’s security threats, says INTERPOL Chief


09 July 2013

Growing threat of cybercrime focus of Fiji visit to INTERPOL


08 July 2013

Innovation in combating global security threats focus of Technology Against Crime Forum


24 June 2013

INTERPOL and Trend Micro to collaborate against cybercrime


03 April 2013

International cooperation key to fighting cybercrime, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation Director tells security meeting


20 March 2013

Kaspersky Lab to support INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation with advanced tools and expertise


18 December 2012

INTERPOL and NEC sign partnership agreement to enhance cyber security


30 March 2012

‘World must better prepare itself for emerging cybercrime threats’, INTERPOL Chief tells prestigious meeting in India


02 August 2011

Cybercrime focus of first joint INTERPOL and academia training programme


07 July 2011

Tackling cyber security threats focus of INTERPOL workshop


23 May 2011

INTERPOL and ICANN advance cooperation on Internet security after historic first meeting


17 January 2011

Maldives police arrest cybercrime suspects with support from INTERPOL High-Tech Crime Unit