The Hague to host EU cyber crime centre

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The Hague has been selected as the seat of a European centre against cyber crime. The new bureau is to form part of Europol, the investigative service of the joint police forces of the EU member states.

The centre is to begin work early next year, said European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström on Wednesday. It is intended to coordinate the European fight against cyber crime, such as identity theft, dissemination of child pornography and credit card fraud. “We cannot allow cyber criminal to disrupt our digital lives,” the commissioner said.

Ms Malmström argued that it was only logical the new centre should form part of Europol. She expects its staff will increase over time from the initial 30 to about 50. The centre is to have a budget of 3.6 million euros.

Christian democratic MEP Lambert van Nistelrooij commented that in the Netherlands alone internet banking fraud resulted in 93-million-euros’ worth of damage. He argued it was high time a cyber crime centre was created. “Cyber crime does not stop at national borders.”

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