Superhero Task Force To Fight Cybercrime
As if street crime wasn’t enough headache, governments are now making moves to deal with another branch of crime – cybercrime. Cybercrime refers to those offences which involve harming the targeted individual or group with a criminal motive using technology like computers and Internet services. It can be employed to either use the target’s computer for malicious activities or directly targeting the individual with hurtful messages.
Cybercrime experts all over the world have now come together to form a superhero task force that will fight the crime of cyberbullying. The task force known as the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT), comprises of cyber liaison officers from the Member States, non-EU law enforcement partners and European Cybercrime Center (EC3) at Europol.
Andy Archibald, Deputy Director of the National Cyber Crime Unit of the National Crime Agency of UK, will be heading this cream of a task force. The J-CAT is being hosted at the EC3 for six months, which will overlook the coordination of all international investigators and analysts to take steps to diminish the roots of the cybercriminal activities like underground forums and malware, including pushing out Trojans.
Effective from September 1, the J-CAT is the brainchild of EC3, the EU Cybercrime Taskforce, FBI and the NCA. The international contributors who have reportedly flown to this golden opportunity include intelligence members from:
- The Netherlands
- United Kingdom
- United States
Troels Oerting, Head of the European Cybercrime Centre, said in a statement:
The Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce will operate from secure offices in Europol’s HQ assisted by experts and analysts from the European Cybercrime Centre. The aim is not purely strategic, but also very operational. The goal is to prevent cybercrime, to disrupt it, catch crooks and seize their illegal profits. This is a first step in a long walk towards an open, transparent, free but also safe Internet. The goal cannot be reached by law enforcement alone, but will require a consolidated effort from many stakeholders in our global village.