Headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands, Europol assists the 28 EU Member States in their fight against serious international crime and terrorism. It also works with many non-EU partner states and international organisations.
Europol set up the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) in 2013 to strengthen the law enforcement response to cybercrime in the EU and thus to help protect European citizens, businesses and governments from online crime.
Cybercrime costs EU Member States EUR 265 billion a year. For the global economy, that figure is around EUR 900 billion. And that’s just the financial side.
Cybercrime is actually a wide and varied problem. And the EC3 is a key part of Europol’s, and the EU’s, response. The EC3 takes a three-pronged approach to the fight against cybercrime: forensics, strategy and operations.