Where: Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Justice and citizens rights
Organiser: European Commission
On 9 January the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) will be presented to media by the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström and the Head of the Centre, Troels Oerting, ahead of the official inauguration that will take place at the Europol premises in The Hague on January 11.
The Internet has become an integral part of our society and economy and approximately eighty per cent of young Europeans connect through online social networks. But as more and more of our everyday transactions happen online, so too does criminal activity. Online criminal activity ranges from selling stolen credit cards for as little as one euro, identity-theft and child sexual abuse online, to serious cyber-attacks against institutions. Unfortunately only a few of these crimes are reported to the police; even fewer are actually solved. The risk of getting caught is low, while rewards are sky-high.
This is why the European Commission has established a European Cybercrime Centre. The centre, based at Europol, focusses on cybercrimes committed by organised crime groups, particularly those generating large criminal profits such as online fraud and cybercrimes which cause serious harm to their victims, such as online child sexual exploitation. The EC3 will help identify the most dangerous cybercrime threats; tracking key cybercriminal groups at EU level and support Member States' cybercrime investigations.
Cecilia Malmstrom and the Head of the Centre, Troels Oerting will present the EC3 at the midday briefing in the Commission's press room. A press release and a MEMO will be available on 9 January. Footage of the EC3 premises and interviews with experts and the Head of the EC3, Troels Oerting, will be available on EBS from 7 January.