Europol’s Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT), initially set up on 1 September 2014 to strengthen the fight against cyber-crime for a period of six months, is to continue operations following its success.
Hosted at the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol, the J-CAT is composed of cyber-liaison officers from EU Member States (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the UK), non-EU law enforcement partners (Australia, Canada, Colombia and the US) and EC3. All are located in one single office to ensure that they can communicate with each other in the most effective way, and all participating countries and agencies have agreed to continue with this cooperation model.
Work entails pro-active intelligence-led coordinated actions against key cybercrime threats and top targets such as high-tech crimes, crime facilitation, online fraud and various aspects of online child sexual exploitation. One of J-CAT’s biggest anti-cyber-crime operations to date is Operation Onymous (November 2014) which