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, cause serious harm and pose very real threats to victims worldwide.

Although there is no single universal definition of cybercrime, law enforcement generally makes a distinction between two main types of Internet-related crime:

  • Advanced cybercrime (or high-tech crime) – sophisticated attacks against computer hardware and software;
  • Cyber-enabled crime – many ‘traditional’ crimes have taken a new turn with the advent of the Internet, such as crimes against children, financial crimes and even terrorism.

Read advice on how to protect yourself and your devices from cyberthreats, and how to stay safe on the Internet.

The changing nature of cybercrime

New trends in cybercrime are emerging all the time, with estimated 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 highly complex 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 is committed to the global fight against cybercrime, as well as tackling cyber-enabled crimes.

Most cybercrimes are transnational in nature, therefore INTERPOL is the natural partner for any law enforcement agency looking to investigate these crimes on a cooperative level. By working with private industry, INTERPOL is able to provide local law enforcement with focused cyber intelligence, derived from combining inputs on a global scale.

Our main initiatives in cybercrime focus on:

  • Operational and investigative support
  • Cyber intelligence and analysis
  • Digital forensics
  • Innovation and research
  • Capacity building
  • National Cyber Reviews.

INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation

INTERPOL is committed to being a global coordination body for the detection and prevention of digital crimes through the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore. This cutting-edge research and development facility, which opened in 2014, leverages global cyber-expertise from law enforcement and key private sector partners. INTERPOL is uniquely positioned to advance the fight against cybercrime on a global scale through proactive research into emerging crimes, the latest training techniques, and development of innovative new policing tools.

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