Police authorities around the world are starting to realize they need more manpower and skills to face cybercrime. FBI Director James Comey told reporters last Friday that the fight against cybercrime ist one of his most urgent priorities. “There is a huge amount of it going on at all different levels”, Comey said about cybercrime.
Currently the FBI investigates mainly national security threats or botnets, where countless computers get infected with malware. Comey told reporters that state and local police are constantly seeking help from his agency because they simply don’t have the equipment to deal with cyber crimes. “The 17,000 police agencies in the United States have got to become digitally literate,” Comey said.
Comey is not the only one perceiving the impressive development of cybercrime issues. UK’s police chief Pete O’Doherty just warned the public that seven out f 10 frauds are now cyber crimes. “Cyber crime is rapidly increasing, both in volume and in complexity”, the head of the UK’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau said.
Apart from U.S. and U.K. police departments, even India starts to worry about cyber security. The former director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, R K Raghavan, thinks that soon there will be more victims of digital crime than of real-world-incidents. Furthermore, Naked Security reports that the director of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), Troels Oerting, also expressed concerns about the rise of cybercrime. He told the attendees of the InfoSec conference that cybercrime would “change the world as I know it.”