Cyber Crime Unit for Europe?

Ministers in Europe are considering establishing a unit that will call for international cooperation to protect nations and citizens from cyber crime and other technology-related problems.

At a general affairs council meeting in Luxembourg on April 26, the Council of European Union proposed different strategies to combat crime on the Internet. The council saw the need to ensure a very high level of network security and faster reaction in the event of cyber disruptions or cyber attacks by means of ad hoc European Union policies and legislation in accordance with the Stockholm Program’s provisions on cyber crime.

The proposed cyber center would serve as a permanent liaison body with user and victims’ organizations and the private sector. It would gather and update standards on best practices on technological investigation techniques in the police, judicial and forensic authorities and evaluate and streamline the use of computer investigation tools by police officers, judicial authorities and forensic staff in Europe. Another function of the center would be to write annual reports on cyber crime in Europe and on technology-related problems.

Although not determined yet, the new center could be located at Europol in The Hague in the Netherlands.

The council also perceived it necessary to propose a  plan that would seek out information about perpetrators and their modus operandi, and sharing that knowledge to better comprehend the scale of the problem, including crime related to the invasion of privacy, financial cyber crime, attacks on networks and against information systems, online fraud and spam.

As for the long-term goals, the council proposes measures to adopt a common approach in the fight against cyber crime internationally, especially in relation to the revocation of domain names and IP addresses. The council also urged the creation of a documentation pool on cyber crime, which could serve as a permanent liaison body with users’ and victims’ organizations and the private sector.

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