Crowd sourcing the fight against cybercrime?

Graham cluley
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The European Union (EU) is examining a plan to use “crowd sourcing” to fight internet crime, allowing members of the public to connect directly with police and report internet security attacks and online scams.

The BBC is reporting that the millions of computer users across the EU could be galvanised into joining the fight against cybercriminals, with all data about internet crime collected and “reported online at a national level, in a harmonised way across the EU.”

Those are the words of Rob Wainwright, director of Europol, who briefed a Lords EU sub-committee on plans for a European centre to fight cybercrime.

“For the first time the EU will have a comprehensive overview of reported cybercrime from within its own borders and this could even include, in the future, a component of direct engagement with the public,” the BBC reports him as saying.

Certainly, greater…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.

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