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Cybercrime centre shows EU serious about online crime

March 29, 2012 1:21 PM

Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman and London MEP Sarah Ludford has welcomed the EU's intended establishment of a European cybercrime centre. Worldwide, more than 1 million people become victims of cybercrime every day.

The European centre will be based in Europol (European Police Office) in The Hague and co-ordinate Europe's fight against online crimes such as child pornography, identity theft, credit-card fraud and hacking of critical IT networks. It and should be operational from January next year and will support national police and prosecutors in EU countries.

Sarah Ludford commented:

"The global reach of the internet means that European and international co-operation is essential to ensure that online fraudsters, paedophiles and hackers are stopped in their tracks."

"All our infrastructure like transport, energy and telecom depends on IT these days. If London was hit by a cyber-attack similar to that experienced by Estonia in 2007, the costs and disruption would be enormous."

"National agencies do not sufficiently exchange information or cooperate on investigations. Having a one-stop shop to share leads will mean that Europe is better equipped to deal with these modern forms of crime."

Notes to Editors

The European Commission's press release can be seen here: