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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 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 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) 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
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