The development of new information and communication technologies is radically changing the way we live and work. The success of the information society is crucial for Europe's growth, competitiveness and employment opportunities. At the same time, the growing importance of information and communication infrastructure opens up new opportunities for criminal activities.
The European Union has, therefore, taken a number of steps to fight harmful and illegal content on the Internet, protect intellectual property and personal data, promote e-commerce and tighten up the security of transactions.
With this in mind the CEPOL Unit of the Hellenic Police Academy organised CEPOL Seminar 64/2010 'Cybercrime & High Tech' in Athens on 18 - 21 May 2010. The target group for this activity was Senior Police Officers involved in the coordination, investigation and training surrounding crimes related to use of Internet and High Tech trends.
The Learning Management System (LMS), a part of CEPOL’s e-Net, was used to broaden the scope of social networking and moreover to fully support the activity and was highly appreciated by both lecturers and participants.
The seminar’s objectives, achieved according to feedback by the participants, were:
- To update and enrich knowledge of new threats and techniques used in committing crimes through the internet and other communication networks;
- To increase knowledge about the involvement of EU Agencies in the fight against Cyber and High Tech crime;
- To exchange investigative techniques and best practice concerning the fight against Cyber and High Tech crime;
- To support and strengthen international cooperation between officers combating Cybercrime and to establish professional contacts in this field.
Led by eight experts from three Member States, Eurojust and Europol, the first day was balanced between Eurojust’s theoretical approach to European law procedure on Cyber and High Tech crime, and a practical analysis on phishing (the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information) and carding (illegal operations with credit cards owned by other persons with the purpose of using them or withdrawing money) by the Polish expert, who also led the workshop that concluded the activities.
The second day saw Europol present “International Cooperation against Cyber and High Tech crime”, and two subsequent presentations focused on “Combating infrastructure and software equipment” and “Child abuse over the Internet”. The latter was also the topic of the day’s workshop.
On the third day, mixing science and experience, two speakers focused on Cybercrime detection technology and case study material. The third speaker shared privacy protection-oriented considerations. The days workshop reflected the multi-agency and multiple factor involvement that is needed in the critical matter of confronting Cybercrime and High Tech issues.
During the final day, the seminar’s outcomes were drafted containing recommendations and conclusions. At the closing, Pinelopi Rantzou, representing the Director of the Hellenic Police Academy, awarded certificates to the participants.
Pal Tamas, a participant from Hungary, appeared sincerely enthusiastic in his final comments: 'That was my first time in a CEPOL seminar, so I really didn't know what to expect. It proved to be amazing! The organisation was perfect and the topics well chosen, as all of them are necessary and full of new information”.
Ionut Andrei Barbu, a participant from Romania, stated: 'The real success of this CEPOL seminar is owed to the great atmosphere that accompanied us all throughout the workings. I especially appreciated the professionalism of the Greek organisers, that on the one hand, knew how to manage the activity and on the other, how to create for all of us a proper learning environment”.
The Hellenic Police Academy would like to thank Poland, France, Europol and Eurojust and private sector partners Symantec, the Polytechnic University of Athens and the University of Ioannina.