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04 April 2013

Serbia visit to INTERPOL highlights need for global response to cybercrime threat

LYON, France –INTERPOL’s expanding role in fighting cybercrime internationally, in particular through the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), was the focus of today’s visit to the world police body’s headquarters by State Secretary of the Serbian Ministry of Interior, Vladimir Božović.

As cybercrime is a growing problem in Serbia and throughout the region, meetings with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble reviewed the Organization’s current and future activities in this area, including the creation of a Digital Crime Centre within the IGCI to offer support for cybercrime investigations.

Within the Digital Crime Centre, a digital forensic laboratory will identify and test new cutting-edge technologies and analyse cybercrime trends, while a cyber-fusion centre will offer real-time monitoring of incidents and intelligence, helping law enforcement in Serbia and across the world to prevent future cyberattacks and conduct more effective investigations.

“The increasing prevalence of cyberattacks and hacking incidents in Serbia and beyond demonstrate the need for a coordinated, proactive and global response such as the one INTERPOL is developing via the IGCI,” said State Secretary Božović.

Mr Božović reinforced his country’s commitment to international police cooperation in fighting cybercrime as well as other traditional and emerging forms of crime. This was evidenced by Serbia’s connection in November 2012 to INTERPOL’s FIND system, giving law enforcement at seven key border points, including the international airport in Belgrade, direct access to INTERPOL’s databases.

In the short time since the system was implemented, Serbian authorities have exponentially increased their use of the databases – more than 2 million searches were made in the first three months of 2013, double the number of searches conducted in all of 2012.

“By expanding their connection to INTERPOL’s global tools and services, Serbia has proven itself to be a strong player in enhancing security both regionally and globally,” said Secretary General Noble.

The connection to INTERPOL’s databases has proven successful in Serbia, allowing authorities to cooperate with their counterparts internationally to locate and apprehend four members of a gang responsible for the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić in 2003 in Serbia, Croatia and Spain after they were connected to other cases involving robberies, money laundering and murder.