4 April 2012
It is estimated that worldwide, more than one million people become victims of cybercrime every day. This week, the European Commission is presenting a European Cybercrime Centre to help protect European citizens and businesses against these mounting cyber-threats. The centre will be established within Europol, the European police agency in The Hague.
"We can't let cybercriminals disrupt our digital lives. A European Cybercrime Centre within Europol will become a hub for cooperation in defending an internet that is free, open and safe," said Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Home Affairs.
The centre will be the European focal point in fighting cybercrime and will focus on illegal online activities carried out by organised crime groups, particularly those generating large criminal profits, such as online fraud involving credit cards and bank credentials. The EU experts will also work on preventing cybercrimes affecting e-banking and online booking activities, thus increasing e-consumers trust. A focus of the European Cybercrime Centre will be to protect social network profiles from e-crime infiltration and will help the fight against online identity theft. It will also focus on cybercrimes which cause serious harm to their victims, such as online child sexual exploitation and cyber-attacks affecting critical infrastructure and information systems in the Union.