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.

30 septiembre 2016

INTERPOL-Europol cybercrime conference closes with onus on multi-stakeholder cooperation

28 septiembre 2016

Identifying cybercriminals at core of INTERPOL-Europol conference

19 septiembre 2016

Conferencia para diseñar una respuesta mundial ante los delitos contra la propiedad intelectual

16 septiembre 2016

Bridges needed to address complex crime landscape says INTERPOL Chief

10 septiembre 2016

Regional threats require a global response – INTERPOL Chief in Central Africa

06 septiembre 2016

Global response to cybercrime focus of INTERPOL meeting

02 septiembre 2016

INTERPOL aumenta la capacidad policial para la lucha contra la ciberdelincuencia en Latinoamérica y el Caribe

01 agosto 2016

Ringleader of global network behind thousands of online scams arrested in Nigeria

05 julio 2016

La seguridad regional y mundial, tema central de la visita del jefe de INTERPOL a El Salvador

20 junio 2016

Criminal networks using stolen payment card data targeted in global operation

23 mayo 2016

INTERPOL y la ONUDD estrechan lazos para combatir la delincuencia transnacional

18 mayo 2016

La migración y la seguridad fronteriza, temas principales de la reunión europea de INTERPOL

28 abril 2016

La lucha contra la delincuencia transnacional y el terrorismo, tema central de una reunión de INTERPOL

12 abril 2016

INTERPOL agreement with Cellebrite strengthens efforts in combating cybercrime

31 marzo 2016

Coordinating efforts to better combat cybercrime focus of INTERPOL working group

29 marzo 2016

Meeting the INTERPOL Digital Security Challenge

25 marzo 2016

Namibian President discusses global security issues with INTERPOL Secretary General

15 marzo 2016

Regional police organizations gather at INTERPOL meeting to enhance cooperation

08 febrero 2016

Barclays first financial institution to support INTERPOL efforts in combating cybercrime

22 enero 2016

INTERPOL apoya el proyecto contra la ciberdelincuencia presentado por el Foro Económico Mundial

17 diciembre 2015

Más de 500 detenidos en una operación de INTERPOL contra las estafas por teléfono y por e-mail

15 diciembre 2015

INTERPOL coordina una operación contra los foros en línea de pederastas

04 diciembre 2015

INTERPOL supports global operation against Dorkbot botnet

01 diciembre 2015

International operation against illicit online trade supported by INTERPOL

01 diciembre 2015

INTERPOL cyber experts meeting aims to advise on global strategy

18 noviembre 2015

Indian prime minister and INTERPOL Chief discuss cooperation

18 noviembre 2015

Rescuing online child sexual abuse victims spotlighted at INTERPOL meeting

06 noviembre 2015

More than 130 detained in global action tackling airline ticket fraud

02 noviembre 2015

Los jefes de policía de todo el mundo asisten a la reunión de la Asamblea General de INTERPOL en Ruanda para hacer frente a los peligros globales

09 octubre 2015

China visit by INTERPOL Chief focuses on international police collaboration

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 y el FBI estrechan sus lazos para combatir el terrorismo y la ciberdelincuencia

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