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 about online safety: how to protect yourself and your devices from cyberthreats.

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.

22 فبراير 2018

‘Internet of Things’ cyber risks tackled during INTERPOL Digital Security Challenge

08 نوفمبر 2017

Building a security framework for major events focus of global experts

07 نوفمبر 2017

INTERPOL and Qatar shape major event security via global network

20 أكتوبر 2017

G7 Ministers call for sharing of battlefield data on terrorists via INTERPOL

12 أكتوبر 2017

INTERPOL and Kaspersky Lab sign new threat intelligence exchange agreement

04 أكتوبر 2017

INTERPOL and British Telecom unite to fight cybercrime

26 سبتمبر 2017

الرئيس شي جين بينغ يفتتح الجمعية العامة للإنتربول

24 أغسطس 2017

Cooperation in acquiring digital evidence focus of INTERPOL workshop

12 يوليو 2017

INTERPOL Dialogue unites public and private sectors to combat cyber and financial crimes

06 يوليو 2017

Vietnam President and INTERPOL Chief discuss regional and global security issues

04 يوليو 2017

منتدى INTERPOL World: الوصل بين الشرطة والقطاع الخاص من أجل مستقبل أكثر أمانا

30 يونيو 2017

INTERPOL launches first digital forensics training course for wildlife investigations

14 يونيو 2017

Research identifies illegal wildlife trade on the Darknet

13 يونيو 2017

153 detained for ticket fraud following worldwide law enforcement operation

12 يونيو 2017

INTERPOL training helps countries tackle illicit online wildlife trade

07 يونيو 2017

INTERPOL gathers cyber experts to assess global response to WannaCry attack

19 مايو 2017

INTERPOL coordinating global law enforcement response to WannaCry ransomware attack

16 مايو 2017

Terrorist and cybercrime threats to European security focus of INTERPOL meeting

13 مايو 2017

INTERPOL and China to explore areas for strengthening security and policing capabilities

12 مايو 2017

Strengthening Nordic law enforcement capacity to combat criminal use of the Darknet

24 أبريل 2017

INTERPOL-led cybercrime operation across ASEAN unites public and private sectors

20 أبريل 2017

INTERPOL training in Americas enhances capacity to counter cyber threats

19 أبريل 2017

INTERPOL and TNO partnership to combat cybercrime

04 أبريل 2017

Cybersecurity experts meet on the future of major event security

04 أبريل 2017

INTERPOL supports No More Ransom initiative

27 مارس 2017

الإمارات تمنح مؤسسة الإنتربول من أجل عالم أكثر أمانا مبلغ 50 مليون يورو بهدف دعم سبعة مشاريع أساسية للإنتربول

22 مارس 2017

Ransomware – the new INTERPOL digital security challenge

12 مارس 2017

Effective information sharing on violent extremism can save lives – INTERPOL Chief

09 مارس 2017

West African cybercrime underground economy emerging, finds joint INTERPOL-Trend Micro paper

08 مارس 2017

المكاتب المركزية الوطنية تضطلع بدور أساسي في تعزيز الأمن في العالم

03 مارس 2017

Cybercrime investigation challenges focus of INTERPOL and Council of Europe initiative

17 فبراير 2017

INTERPOL launches training programme on digital forensics in maritime investigations

15 فبراير 2017

Virtual crimes provide real experience in INTERPOL Digital Security Challenge

01 فبراير 2017

الإنتربول ومجلس التعاون الخليجي يوحدان جهودهما في مكافحة الجريمة والإرهاب

18 يناير 2017

مؤتمر للإنتربول في نيبال يركز على تعزيز القدرات الشرطية في جميع أنحاء آسيا

18 يناير 2017

INTERPOL supports public-private partnerships to combat cybercrime at World Economic Forum