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:

30 septiembre 2015

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

25 septiembre 2015

Addressing cybercrime challenges focus of INTERPOL working group meeting

23 septiembre 2015

INTERPOL and FBI to forge closer ties against terrorism and cybercrime

16 septiembre 2015

INTERPOL reúne a expertos para que intercambien buenas prácticas en materia de lucha contra el chantaje sexual

08 septiembre 2015

Senior Chinese official and INTERPOL Chief meet on international police collaboration

04 agosto 2015

El jefe de INTERPOL ofrece un apoyo permanente a ASEANAPOL contra las amenazas regionales y mundiales a la seguridad

04 agosto 2015

Illegal online gambling in Asia targeted in INTERPOL operation

31 julio 2015

La formación de INTERPOL a propósito de la red oculta arroja luz sobre las actividades delictivas soterradas

23 julio 2015

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

08 julio 2015

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

29 junio 2015

Global action against online air ticket fraudsters sees 130 detained

26 junio 2015

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

04 junio 2015

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

25 mayo 2015

INTERPOL Chief at Qatar forum outlines complex illicit drugs landscape

21 mayo 2015

La conferencia europea de INTERPOL impulsa la colaboración en la lucha contra la delincuencia transnacional

19 mayo 2015

Reunión de INTERPOL en Bucarest para marcar el rumbo de la seguridad europea

05 mayo 2015

El intercambio de información a escala mundial es fundamental para la seguridad nacional, afirma el jefe de INTERPOL

16 abril 2015

La ciberseguridad requiere coordinación e innovación, afirma la Presidenta de INTERPOL en una conferencia especializada

14 abril 2015

La primera edición del foro INTERPOL World se centra en la innovación al servicio de la seguridad mundial

13 abril 2015

Amplia representación internacional en la inauguración del Complejo Mundial de INTERPOL para la Innovación

13 abril 2015

INTERPOL coordina una operación mundial para desarticular la botnet Simda

26 marzo 2015

Una investigación informática de INTERPOL revela una amenaza para las monedas virtuales vinculada a programas maliciosos

28 noviembre 2014

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

08 noviembre 2014

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

03 octubre 2014

La conferencia conjunta de INTERPOL y Europol sobre ciberdelincuencia refuerza el compromiso de todos los sectores implicados para mejorar la seguridad informática

01 octubre 2014

Combatir la ciberdelincuencia mediante la cooperación, tema central de la conferencia INTERPOL-Europol

30 septiembre 2014

El Complejo Mundial de INTERPOL para la Innovación abre sus puertas

30 septiembre 2014

INTERPOL and Trend Micro reinforce cooperation in combating cybercrime

30 septiembre 2014

INTERPOL strengthens cooperation with Kaspersky Lab in global fight against cybercrime

23 agosto 2014

Philippine operation against ‘sextortion’ network builds on INTERPOL support

05 junio 2014

Policía y público unen fuerzas en la campaña de INTERPOL contra la delincuencia #TurnBackCrime

02 mayo 2014

INTERPOL contraataca coordinando una operación contra las redes de chantaje sexual

30 abril 2014

Desmantelada con la ayuda de INTERPOL una red criminal implicada en una estafa con tarjetas de pago

11 marzo 2014

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