JULY 27 2014
About the Cybercrime Pilot Project
International Cybercrime Pilot will start on 1 September 2014 and conclude at the end of February 2015. The new test unit will consist of cybercrime detectives from Austria, France, US, UK, France, Holland, Germany, France, Italy, Canada as well as from other countries. The Unit will be known as the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce or J-CAT
The Unit will operate from only one central location, the EC3 (European Cybercrime Centre) in The Hague.
The head of the cybercrime unit will be Andy Archibald, he is also the deputy head of the UK’s “National Cyber Crime Unit” Other directors of the unit will be senior members of the FBI, EC3 and the German BKA.
Mandate of the International Cybercrime Unit
The unit will focus on cross-border cybercrime cases and more specifically: Botnets, Commercial Cybercrime as well as TOR and I2P fueled criminal activities. The investigators will be charged with building new criminal cases as well as developing existing cases.
Success of the International Cybercrime Pilot Project
European Cybercrime Task Force (EUCTF), which is made up of the heads of cybercrime units from all the EU member states as well as Europol, Eurojust and the European Commission, will monitor progress of the pilot.
Origins of the International Cybercrime Unit Task Force
The International Cybercrime Unit was mentioned in an EU release (On coe.int) about the April 29th visit of Europol Director Rob Wainwright to Washington DC. According to the release, during that visit the Director met with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Deputy Attorney General James Cole, FBI Director James Comey and US Secret Service (USSS) Director Julia Pierson. The visit also included a meeting with President Obama’s Senior Advisor, Rand Beers, at the White House, and Senior Advisor to the DHS Secretary, John Cohen.
“Director Wainwright exchanged views with his US counterparts on how best to tackle the growing threat of cybercrime. Europol, its European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and US agencies are already cooperating extensively, with more than 50 operations in the last year to take down criminal groups involved in online child sexual exploitation, running botnets or carrying out intrusion in critical financial infrastructures. The aim of the visit was to further strengthen the existing cooperation and discuss the participation of dedicated cyber investigators from the FBI, the USSS and from ICE in the new Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) which is being established by EC3 and which will focus on cross-border cybercrime investigations against botnets, banking Trojans and underground market places.”
On conclusion of that visit Director Wainwright said: “The scale and nature of transnational security threats continue to grow, especially in cyber space. Europol is committed to helping European law enforcement agencies fight crime and terrorism and understands the growing importance of cooperating closely with US partner agencies in that work. I am delighted that Europol enjoys such productive operational relations with the US.”
About the EC3 and EC3 Mandate
EC3 aims to become the focal point in the EU’s fight against cybercrime, through building operational and analytical capacity for investigations and cooperation with international partners in the pursuit of an EU free from cybercrime. The European Cybercrime Centre is hosted by Europol; the European law enforcement agency in The Hague, The Netherlands, and thus EC3 can draw on Europol’s existing infrastructure and law enforcement network.
EC3 Mandate is to tackle the following areas of cybercrime:
That committed by organised groups to generate large criminal profits such as online fraud
That which causes serious harm to the victim such as online child sexual exploitation
That which affects critical infrastructure and information systems in the European Union