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 and corruption, such as online fraud, penetration of online financial services and phishing;
  • Abuse, in the form of grooming or ‘sexploitation', especially crimes against children.

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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 are 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 is committed to becoming a global coordination body on the detection and prevention of digital crimes through its INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) 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:

18 November 2015

Indian prime minister and INTERPOL Chief discuss cooperation

18 November 2015

Rescuing online child sexual abuse victims spotlighted at INTERPOL meeting

06 November 2015

More than 130 detained in global action tackling airline ticket fraud

02 November 2015

World’s police chiefs to address global threats at INTERPOL General Assembly in Rwanda

09 October 2015

China visit by INTERPOL Chief focuses on international police collaboration

30 September 2015

Europol-INTERPOL cybercrime conference paves the way for proactive policing of cyberspace

25 September 2015

Addressing cybercrime challenges focus of INTERPOL working group meeting

23 September 2015

INTERPOL and FBI to forge closer ties against terrorism and cybercrime

16 September 2015

INTERPOL brings together experts to share best practice in combating ‘sextortion’

08 September 2015

Senior Chinese official and INTERPOL Chief meet on international police collaboration

04 August 2015

INTERPOL Chief offers continued support to ASEANAPOL to address regional and global security threats

04 August 2015

Illegal online gambling in Asia targeted in INTERPOL operation

31 July 2015

INTERPOL Darknet training shines light on underground criminal activities

23 July 2015

Incoming Finnish Police Commissioner visit to INTERPOL focuses on terrorism, cybercrime

08 July 2015

Belgian Deputy Prime Minister visit to INTERPOL focuses on terrorism and cybercrime

29 June 2015

Global action against online air ticket fraudsters sees 130 detained

26 June 2015

Identifying new and emerging terrorist threats in Asia-Pacific focus of INTERPOL programme

04 June 2015

International police cooperation focus of Belgium Foreign Minister’s visit to INTERPOL

25 May 2015

INTERPOL Chief at Qatar forum outlines complex illicit drugs landscape

21 May 2015

INTERPOL Europe meeting develops regional collaboration against transnational crime

19 May 2015

INTERPOL meeting in Bucharest aims to set the course for European security

05 May 2015

Global information sharing key to internal security: INTERPOL Chief

16 April 2015

Cyber security requires coordination and innovation, INTERPOL President tells conference

14 April 2015

Inaugural INTERPOL World forum focuses on innovation for global security

13 April 2015

International gathering marks inauguration of INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation

13 April 2015

INTERPOL coordinates global operation to take down Simda botnet

26 March 2015

INTERPOL cyber research identifies malware threat to virtual currencies

28 November 2014

Global action against online fraud in the airline sector nets 118 arrests

08 November 2014

Monaco’s Prince Albert II visits INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore

03 October 2014

INTERPOL-Europol cybercrime conference reinforces multisector commitment to cybersecurity

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