Extracts from the joint press conference by Cecilia Malmström and Troels Oerting before the inauguration of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3)
On 9 January 2013, Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, and Troels Oerting, Head of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), held a joint press conference on the European Cybercrime Centre that will be inaugurated on 11 January in The Hague, the Netherlands.
The opening of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) marks a significant shift in how the EU has been addressing cybercrime so far. Above all, the approach of the EC3 will be more forward-thinking and inclusive. It will pool expertise and information, support criminal investigations and promote EU-wide solutions.
The EC3 will focus on illegal online activities carried out by organised crime groups, especially attacks targeting e-banking and other online financial activities, online child sexual exploitation and those crimes that affect the critical infrastructure and information systems in the EU.
The Centre will also facilitate research and development and ensure capacity building among law enforcement, judges and prosecutors and will produce threat assessments, including trend analyses, forecasts and early warnings. In order to dismantle more cybercrime networks and prosecute more suspects, the EC3 will gather and process cybercrime related data and will provide a Cybercrime Help desk for EU countries' law enforcement units. It will offer operational support to EU countries (e.g. against intrusion, fraud, online child sexual abuse, etc.) and deliver high-level technical, analytical and forensic expertise in EU joint investigations. PHOTOSHOTLIST