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Council cybercrime plan

Posted by malcolm on Monday, April 26th, 2010 at 18:53

The EU Council of Ministers has adopted an “Action plan” for a strategy to combat cybercrime.

The Action Plan consists largely of uncontroversial and laudable objectives, including

  • Various forms of greater cooperation and information sharing between EU law enforcement bodies, both at EU and Member State level;
  • Expert training in cybercrime issues for investigators, prosecutors and judicial authorities; and
  • Improved assessment of trends in cybercrime.

A hat-tip is given to some “ongoing” projects, some of which are not yet well known and do have the potential to be controversial:

The Europol Working Group in particular appears only never to have been mentioned in public before. One mention is buried in one line on page 22 of the Europol work plan for 2010. Europol do not, however, publish their work plan on their web site - although they did manage to list their fictional appearances.

The Action Plan also calls for one new initiative that may cause some concern with ISPs:

To adopt a common approach in the fight against cybercrime internationally, particularly in relation to the revocation of Domain Names and IP addresses.

With over 770 members connecting from over 76 different countries worldwide, LINX members have access to direct routes from a large number of diverse international peering partners.

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