Israel is hosting the three-day International Interpol Convention,
which began on Tuesday in Tel Aviv.
Some 200 senior delegates from law enforcement agencies across 40
European nations are attending the conference, which is headed by
Interpol President Khoo Bon Hui and its Secretary-General Ronald
Noble. The conference is being hosted by the Israel Police, with
Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino taking part in it as well.
One of the central topics discussed at the convention is cybercrime,
which has become a global concern. According to Khoo, “Here in Israel
alone, a reported number of over 1,000 cyber attacks take place every
minute. Experts have estimated that the cost of cybercrime is larger
than the combined costs of cocaine, marijuana and heroin trafficking.
In Europe, the cost of cybercrime has apparently reached 750 billion
Euros a year.”
Noble said that cybercrime “is a crime problem that will continue to
grow. From distant havens, cyber-criminals defraud, develop new
underground markets for illicit trade, and threaten critical digital
Noble noted that in addition to the above, “the Internet also
facilitates the dissemination of violent, extreme and radical
ideologies, enabling radical leaders to reach friendly ears right in
our communities and in all corners of the world. The heinous murder,
this past March, of three children and a rabbi in a Jewish day school
in Toulouse and French soldiers in Montauban, is one tragic example.”
“I know that in Israel, your anti-cybercrime techniques are very good
and are something that people from all over the world will want to
learn from,” said Khoo, who noted that the Israel Police is very
advanced and said that he is sure much will be learned from Israel
during the conference.
Noble strengthened Khoo’s comments and said that “cybercrime is an
area where the Israeli Police have an extraordinary reputation,
worldwide, for being able to investigate, fight it, prevent it, from
a crime perspective, a fraud perspective and also from a security