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UCD CCI welcomes European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol


UCD CCI welcomes the European Union Cybercrime Task Force intention to establish a European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol. See full press release:

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PRESS RELEASE – Thursday 29th March 2012

On Wednesday 28th March, representatives from UCD Centre for Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Investigation attended the meeting of the European Union Cybercrime Task Force in Brussels where EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström announced the intention to establish a European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol.
UCD CCI wholeheartedly endorses this new initiative, and is particularly delighted to hear that Europol will be the venue for EC3. Having worked for a number of years with officers from the High Tech Crime Unit within Europol, UCD CCI are fully cognisant of the body of technical and strategic expertise that resides within the agency.
The Commission has demonstrated great vision in supporting this cross-community approach to addressing the increasing evolution of electronic crime. Almost every criminal offence committed in 2012 will contain a technology element. The advent of mobile, smart and GPS devices has meant that the digital world now extends beyond the laptop and the PC, and pervades every aspect of an individual's life. However the technology that facilitates faster communications, on-the-go business transactions and global interaction, can be used to commit crimes against ordinary citizens in the most insidious and corrupt ways.
Although the impact of cybercrime on an individual victim cannot be measured purely in monetary terms, loss of revenue to businesses is now calculated to run into billions of euro.
Therefore, it is imperative that this initiative is fully supported not only strategically but financially. EC3 must be provided with sufficient financial resources to comprehensively address the growing menace of cybercrime. The resources at the disposal of the criminals must be matched by the resources available to investigators of the crimes.
University College Dublin Centre for Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Investigation