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EU seeks US help to fight cyber criminals
EU Observer ^ | 02.05.12 @ 18:23 (May 5) | Nikolaj Nielsen

Posted on 05/04/2012 12:54:36 PM PDT by Olog-hai

The EU wants to work closer with the United States' Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to help plug gaps on protection against cyber crime—a sector worth €388 billion a year in illegal revenue worldwide.

"To overcome this growing global threat, EU-US cooperation is not a choice, but a necessity," EU home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmström told US officials and policy experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington on Wednesday (2 May).

"I am convinced that in the coming months and years we will be able to report back to our citizens on many more successful joint operations between FBI and Europol," she added, citing an EU-US working group, launched in November 2010, on cyber-security and cyber crime as an example.

The working group is headed by Malmström and includes the US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. Both intend to launch an EU-US cyber exercise in 2014.

The commission had already announced its intention to establish a new cyber crime center in Europol, in The Hague, early next year. The center will be tasked to address online child exploitation and attacks against government infrastructure. But Malmström added that the cyber center would also help member states lagging in cyber security to improve abilities.

She added, separately, that Interpol is in the planning stages of creating its own cyber crime facility in Singapore. …

(Excerpt) Read more at euobserver.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: cybercrime; dhs; europeanunion; europol; fbi; interpol

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