Senior police officials from 167 countries endorse INTERPOL proposals to enhance transnational police cooperation to combat global cyber-related crime and corruption.
Senior police officials from 167 countries have endorsed proposals set out by The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) to enhance international police cooperation to combat transnational cyber-related crime and corruption. The measures seek to boost the role of National Central Bureaus (NCBs) as a gateway between INTERPOL and frontline police, including increasing operational and investigative support and extending INTERPOL’s I-24/7 secure communications network to national police and border control agencies.
Cyberthreats evolving in line with COVID-19 pandemic At INTERPOL’s 16th annual conference for NCBs last week, some 300 senior police officials heard how cyberthreats are changing in lockstep with the COVID-19 pandemic, with Chainalysis data indicating that ransomware activities generated $350 million in 2020, a 311% increase compared to 2019.
INTERPOL secretary general Jürgen Stock said, “A global strategy in response to the threat of ransomware is critical – one where we successfully build trust, see effective exchange of data, and maximize rapid operational assistance to law enforcement agencies. In spite of the pandemic, the number of records entrusted to INTERPOL by NCBs over the past year has increased by 10% to reach a record 115 million, demonstrating their role at the heart of our global early warning system.”