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Expert international cybercrime task force launched to tackle online crime


Europol has announced the formation of the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) to coordinate international law enforcement cooperation in response to global cyber threats. The new group will be hosted at Europol and run on a day-to-day basis by Paul Gillen Head of Operations at the European Cybercrime Centre. Paul Gillen was formerly a Detective Inspector with An Garda Siochana and instrumental in the setting up of the Centre for Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Investigation at UCD. He was also one of the first graduates of UCD's MSc in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation (http://www.ucd.ie/cci/education/prospective_students/fcci_programmes.html)

The group partners will be working side-by-side to take action against key cybercrime threats and top targets, such as underground forums and malware, including banking Trojans. The J-CAT will be led by Andy Archibald, Deputy Director of the National Cyber Crime Unit from the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA). Initiated by Europol's EC3, the EU Cybercrime Taskforce, the FBI and the NCA, the J-CAT comprises a team composed of Cyber Liaison Officers from committed and closely involved Member States, non-EU law enforcement partners and EC3. Key contributors to the intelligence pool will be the EU Member States via EC3, and other law enforcement cooperation partners. Thus far, Austria, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and the US are part of the J-CAT. Australia and Colombia have also committed to the initiative.