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 mars 2017

Ransomware – the new INTERPOL digital security challenge

12 mars 2017

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

09 mars 2017

Selon une étude réalisée par INTERPOL et Trend Micro, une économie souterraine de la cybercriminalité se développe en Afrique de l’Ouest

08 mars 2017

Les Bureaux centraux nationaux INTERPOL jouent un rôle essentiel dans le renforcement de la sécurité mondiale

03 mars 2017

Cybercrime investigation challenges focus of INTERPOL and Council of Europe initiative

17 février 2017

INTERPOL launches training programme on digital forensics in maritime investigations

15 février 2017

Virtual crimes provide real experience in INTERPOL Digital Security Challenge

18 janvier 2017

Strengthening policing capacity across Asia focus of INTERPOL meeting in Nepal

18 novembre 2016

Guidelines for protecting child sexual abuse victims endorsed at INTERPOL meeting

30 septembre 2016

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

28 septembre 2016

L’identification des cybermalfaiteurs au cœur des débats de la conférence INTERPOL-Europol

19 septembre 2016

Une conférence pour élaborer la réponse mondiale à apporter aux atteintes à la propriété intellectuelle

16 septembre 2016

Bridges needed to address complex crime landscape says INTERPOL Chief

10 septembre 2016

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

06 septembre 2016

Global response to cybercrime focus of INTERPOL meeting

02 septembre 2016

INTERPOL boosts cybercrime policing capacity in Latin America and the Caribbean

01 août 2016

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

05 juillet 2016

Regional and global security focus of INTERPOL Chief mission to El Salvador

20 juin 2016

Criminal networks using stolen payment card data targeted in global operation

23 mai 2016

INTERPOL et l’ONUDC resserrent leurs liens dans la lutte contre la criminalité transnationale

18 mai 2016

Les migrations et la protection des frontières au centre des débats de la conférence européenne d’INTERPOL

28 avril 2016

La lutte contre la criminalité et le terrorisme transnationaux au centre d’une réunion d’INTERPOL

12 avril 2016

INTERPOL agreement with Cellebrite strengthens efforts in combating cybercrime

31 mars 2016

Coordinating efforts to better combat cybercrime focus of INTERPOL working group

29 mars 2016

Meeting the INTERPOL Digital Security Challenge

25 mars 2016

Namibian President discusses global security issues with INTERPOL Secretary General

15 mars 2016

Regional police organizations gather at INTERPOL meeting to enhance cooperation

08 février 2016

Barclays first financial institution to support INTERPOL efforts in combating cybercrime

22 janvier 2016

INTERPOL soutient le projet du Forum économique mondial relatif à la cybercriminalité