Jan 11, 2013 | Last Updated: Jan 11, 2013 - 3:01 UTC
EU police agency opens cybercrime unit to tackle pedophiles, fraudsters online
"Sweden's Cecilia Malmstrom, European Commissioner for Home Affairs, gestures during her address at the occasion of the official launch of the cybercrime fighting center at the headquarters of the EU police unit Europol in The Hague. The Hague, Netherlands, Friday Jan. 11, 2013.
The European Union's police co-ordination agency opened a new cybercrime unit Friday to combat online offences from banking fraud to peddling images of child sex abuse.
But as the European Cybercrime Centre, or EC3, formally opened its doors at Europol's Hague headquarters, European Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom conceded it will be playing catch-up with organized crime gangs reveling in a "Golden Age" of cybercrime.
Online criminals, she said, "are ahead of us when it comes to imagination and co-operation. (and lots of other things, too]""
EU police agency opens unit to tackle cybercrime