Interpol, IMPACT in joint fight against cybercrime
After several years of discussions, the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber threats and Interpol are joining hands to fight cybercrime. The landmark agreement will allow the two organizations to leverage on each other’s strengths especially when dealing with sophisticated threats that can potentially cripple the infrastructure of a country. The team believes that incidents like the Stuxnet malware and the Estonian cyber attacks are proof that the problem is real and serious. The Stuxnet worm penetrated Iran’s nuclear enrichment facility in 2010 while the cyber attack on Estonia in 2007 swamped websites of its parliament, banks, ministries, newspapers and more.Impact and Interpol agreed to exchange information,expertise and enhance each other’s knowledge in the field of cyber security to build the capacity they need to curb cybercrimes and create a safer cyberspace.
Impact is the cyber security arm of the International Telecoms Union,an agency linked to the United Nations while Interpol is an intergovernmental organization that facilitates global police cooperation. The agreement will also help the law enforcement community to better understand how to handle cybercrimes, something it has been grappling with for a long time. There is a lack of successful prosecution of cybercriminals which is mainly due to the limited resources law enforcers have to work with to fight such crimes.Impact’s relationship with 144 member countries will help Interpol track cybercriminals that take refuge in countries with lax communication laws. Even before signing of the agreement, impact had started educating law enforcers to recognize and tackle cybercrime.