Interpol says organised gangs behind internet crime boom

May 08, 2012 by Steve Weizman
Interpol president Khoo Boon Hui, pictured in 2011, said on Tuesday that organised international gangs are behind most internet scams and that cyber crime's estimated cost is more than that of cocaine, heroin and marijuana trafficking put together.

Interpol president Khoo Boon Hui said on Tuesday that organised international gangs are behind most internet scams and that cyber crime's estimated cost is more than that of cocaine, heroin and marijuana trafficking put together.

Speaking to delegates at the opening of the France-based international police agency's European Regional Conference in Tel Aviv, Khoo quoted a study by London's Metropolitan University indicating that "80 percent of crime committed online is now connected to organised gangs operating across borders."

" now find that transnational and are far more rewarding and profitable than other, riskier forms of making money," he said.

"Experts have warned that the cost of cyber crime is larger than the combined costs of cocaine, marijuana and heroin trafficking. In Europe, the cost of has apparently reached 750 billion euros ($979 billion) a year," he said.

Khoo cited and credit card and banking fraud as examples.

He said that US banks reportedly lost $900 million (690 million euros) to conventional robbers last year but $12 billion (9.2 billion euros) to .

He also warned of the dangers to global security of cyber attacks, saying that Interpol itself had been hit by the hacker collective Anonymous.

He said that in Israel "a reported number of over 1,000 cyber attacks take place every minute."

Israel has been undergoing a low-level since January, with purportedly Arab attackers targeting many sites, including those of the Tel Aviv stock exchange, the national airline El Al and the fire brigade.

Hackers also posted the credit cards details of tens of thousands of Israelis.

Israeli hackers have launched some counter attacks, although their government has asked them to show restraint.

Israel is hosting the May 8-10 European parley for the first time.

Police chief Yohanan Danino said that Israel joined the organisation in 1949, a year after the foundation of the Jewish state, initially as part of the Asia region, where it is geographically located.

But in 2006 it was accepted into the agency's Europe region, reflecting its main international policing concerns.

"Seventy percent of our police activity is connected to European countries ...countries with which we have diverse ties in many fields," he said.

Israel has diplomatic ties with only Egypt and Jordan among its Arab neighbours.

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1 / 5 (3) May 08, 2012
illegal gambling is easy to remedy: Legalize it.
2 / 5 (4) May 08, 2012
What about the religious fascist gangs and the jewish gangs who are ruining our countries? Not mentioning them? Ok then.
3 / 5 (4) May 09, 2012
According to our Libertarian friends, there is no legitimacy to the concept of illegal commerce. All commerce is by definition legal and sacred.

1 / 5 (4) May 09, 2012
What about the religious fascist gangs and the jewish gangs who are ruining our countries? Not mentioning them? Ok then.

You are an AGW cult member AND a jew hater? I knew the left/greenies were the new neo-nazis.

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