Attacks against information systems carried out by using malicious software, including botnets.
The Commission proposed today to establish a European Cybercrime Centre within Europol to become the Union's focal point in the fight against cybercrime. The Centre would pool European cybercrime expertise and training efforts. It would warn EU countries of major cybercrime threats, of new ways to commit online crimes and identify organised cybercrime networks and prominent offenders in cyberspace. The Centre would also be able to respond to queries from cybercrime investigators, prosecutors and judges as well as the private sector on specific technical and forensic issues. It would provide operational support in concrete investigations and help set up cybercrime Joint Investigation Teams.