Today the EU Cybercrime Centre EC3 was officially opened. EC3 will coordinate the European Police in the chasing of criminals on the Internet. The center is located in The Hague and is a part of Europol. Now, 30 IT-experts are employed and will mainly assist the national police forces with analyzes and the coordination of information to dismantle and disrupt more cybercrime networks. It is important to coordinate resources, expertise and information to get an overview of cybercrimes in the EU and to become more efficient. It is also an economic issue. We get more efficient if we coordinate the for criminals who ignore national borders. The EC3 will focus on transnational organized crime, credit card identity theft and child sexual abuse.
We use new technologies as important tools of our everyday lives, meeting friends, connect to our bank account and shoping. It has become an attractive space for criminals – identities get stolen and bank accounts are hijacked. Visiting the EC3 was like a visit to the television series CSI. The idea is that EC3 should be at the forefront with great technical expertise and modern tools to fight cybercriminals, who so far have been ahead of the law enforcement authorities in imagination and cooperation. As of today the EC3 will strive to be the European focal point in the fight for our security in cyberspace.