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European law enforcement seeking smart ways to fight cyber crime
This article is part of the CWEurope issue of December 2016-February 2017
Cyber criminals are always likely to be better resourced than law enforcement. Now, national and regional police forces in Europe are switching tactics to even the odds. Under-resourced law enforcement needs a smarter approach as cyber crime becomes increasingly prevalent and sophisticated, backed by the money and expertise of organised crime groups set up and run as well-resourced and efficient professional business organisations. Cyber crime operations typically have teams dedicated to looking at open source intelligence, targets’ physical environments, weaknesses in supply chains, and potential collaborators inside target organisations to enable sophisticated, blended attacks that involve a combination of actions against a range of vulnerabilities, making them difficult to detect and defend against. In the second quarter of 2016, cyber crime attacks continued to grow across all segments, up 50% compared with the same period, according to the latest cyber crime report by security firm ThreatMetrix. But fewer attacks are cyber ...
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