The Council of Europe designates as a top priority for the forthcoming years the prevention and fighting of cybercrime. Currently, cybercrime presents an enormous increase in the number of incidents occur, the ferocity of the underlying attacks, as well as the targets (i.e., persons, services, entities) and the impact (both societal and economic) of the carried malicious actions. This mainly happens for three reasons:
a) the growth of the Internet users, especially, young people and children using personal computers, smartphones or tablets;
b) the penetration of the Internet services to our day life; and
c) the latest technological achievements in ICT that enable many criminal actions to move to the Internet world, eliminating the possibility to leave evidences, as well as the emerging of new serious threats such as, online sexual solicitation of children, distribution/possession of child abusive material, etc.
Children’s exploitation creates a massive number of evidences (sometimes hidden or distributed), which overcome the borders of a country and cannot be processed by traditional human-centric tools and methods. Moreover, such threats affect the most sensitive part of the society, putting in danger our future. To effectively counteract these serious threats, the following initiatives should be materialized. First, devise intelligent and automated tools that may track and process, at EU or International level, illegal content exists in the network, as well as related data reside at the hot lines’ databases or maintained by LEA in order to be, timely, correlated and classified, extracting the useful information required by LEA to combat it and its sources. Second, harmonization and speed up of the procedures, followed against crimes on children’s, and cooperation among the involved stakeholders in order to identify and combat as many cases as possible, using properly their resources and enhancing their effectiveness.
The concept of UINFC2 is to facilitate cooperation and coordination among all the major EU stakeholders, National authorities, Law enforcement Agencies (LEA’s) and related bodies through the provision of structured, analyzed, classified and correlated information, in real time, related to cybercrime and online child sexual exploitation. It refers to more than 160 beneficiaries including National reporting and alerting platforms, National Hotlines, members of Safer Internet and INHOPE, National and EU LEA’s, EU and International initiatives such as Global Alliance, existing information exchange platforms, and National and EU Cybercrime Centers of Excellence in Research, Training and Education.
Members of our consortium from UPRC hosted the 7th Conference on Informatics in Education 2015 organised between the 9th and 11th of Octover 2015. During the conference Prof. Christos Xenakis discussed issues on data analysis towards combating cybercrime. The event was supported by the Greek Ministry of Education and the audience was school teachers. More information about […]