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    Cybercrime has over 51 million euro damage

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    Whether politics, business and society - cybercrime, the authorities are increasingly facing problems. Criminals entertain flourishing companies and are well networked. The BKA wants to counter this with a powerful network of authorities and experts.

    According to data from the German Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt 2016), the police recorded some 83,000 cases of cybercrime in Germany. BKA President Holger Münch said on Wednesday that he had a loss of more than 51 million euros. "Police statistics and situation images, however, reflect only a small part of reality." Sandro Gaycken, Director of the Digital Society Institute also pointed to the big dark field. The actual damage is therefore difficult to estimate. Germany, however, is more affected than many other countries as an industrial country.

    Cybercriminals had professionalized themselves in the past years and often go through a classical development "from the garage to the large corporation", there are also "good" medium-sized companies, said Gaycken. Many classic crime fields, such as drug trafficking and weapons, have long since moved into the Internet, said Markus Koths, head of the cybercrime group at the BKA. Crime had developed into a highly organized and interstate service sector. According to estimates by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) alone in Germany in 2015 alone, a loss of 3.4 billion euros was incurred for private individuals.

    New professional image "Cybercop"

    Today, as much data is produced as in the entire history of mankind before, Münch explained. With digitalization, offenders are always offering new points of attack. Crime becomes digital, networked, international. They operated innovatively and adaptively and used state-of-the-art technologies. Digital competences are therefore of crucial importance to investigators. "We have to take this into consideration in the further development of our profession to a Cybercop." Münch also pleaded for "stripes in digital space", for example in social networks.

    It is also about an accelerated adaptability, in order to keep up with the changes. "We can not walk the perpetrators on foot." And the investigating authorities would also have to face highly networked cybercrime also a powerful network. Network work is an important part of successful police work. This year's BKA conference in Berlin is another step in the right direction. It was organized for the first time together with the societies Digital Society Institute (DSI) and the German Competence Center against Cybercrime.

    Actual adjustments are necessary

    Emily Haber, State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior, described the recent attack on Deutsche Telekom's router, which had cut off a large number of users. Three months later, a British citizen was arrested as a prosecutor. This was a huge success, said Haber. This was possible through good international cooperation between the authorities and companies. "We must bundle our forces."

    At the same time, the criminal code should also be updated accordingly. Germany is the encryption site number one, but security authorities would have to be able to bypass the encryption if necessary. In the hope of improved cooperation, Haber called the new central office for information technology in the security area "Zitis" in Munich, which advises all security authorities and supports them with tools.

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