Wednesday, 09 January 2013 21:31
BRUSSELS: In a bid to seize the initiative from increasingly sophisticated online criminals, the European Union unveiled a new cybercrime centre Wednesday.
Criminal gangs are using new technology to steal identities, empty bank accounts or profit from child sex abuse, and only a centralised system can combat them, EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said.
A new European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) opening in the Hague alongside Europol on Friday "will give a strong boost to the EU's capacity to fight cybercrime and defend an internet that is free, open and secure," Malmstroem said.
"Cybercriminals are smart and quick in using new technologies for criminal purposes; the EC3 will help us become even smarter and quicker to help prevent and fight their crimes," she added.
The new centre is meant to scale up the response to a growing threat that recognises no boundaries, said Troels Oerting, who heads EC3.
"Our lives are led online," Oerting said, ...