Posted by Kevin on July 25, 2014.
A new EU police taskforce, already some time in the making, is set to launch a six month trial on September 1. Known as the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) its purpose is to tackle international cross-border cybercrime.
Back in May, a Europol announcement said the taskforce “will focus on cross-border cybercrime investigations against botnets, banking Trojans and underground market places.” At the time, Europol director Rob Wainwright was in the US discussing international cybercrime with US law enforcement, and hoping to get FBI and ICE involvement with J-CAT. He seems to have succeeded:
For the six-month trial period, the task force will be composed of cybercrime investigators from Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom – as well as from Australia, Canada, Columbia and the United States – all of whom will work at EC3 headquarters, sharing intelligence and helping to prioritize and build cases.
EU to Roll Out Cybercrime Taskforce
The taskforce will be led by Andy Archibald, deputy head of the UK’s National Cyber Crime Unit. But it doesn’t seem a very confident or even optimistic launch:
“We’re really testing this out as a learning exercise,” Paul Gillen, head of operations at the European Cyber Crime Centre, said. “The more you practise at doing something the better – and luckier – you get at doing it… We’re pushing an open door; the cyber crime investigation community agree that this is the only way they can work. We will have to suck it and see…”
EU launches cross border cyber crime taskforce
So far, J-CAT will not be striking fear into the hearts of the cybercrime bosses. They might even turn to the Urban Dictionary for more information:
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