Cybercrime now ‘number one’ threat: Europol chief


May 17, 2015

Cybercrime has become as big a threat to Europe’s security as terrorism, the head of the continent’s policing agency warned Friday.

“The threat online is huge. It is now the number one security concern, alongside terrorism,” Europol chief Rob Wainwright said.

“It’s become a global problem and we urgently need global instruments to deal with it,” the continent’s police czar told AFP.

Wainwright was speaking on the sidelines of a global cyber conference ending in The Hague, which focused on issues such as Internet freedom, safety and security.

More than 1,500 delegates from almost 100 countries, civil society and tech industry giants such as Microsoft, Facebook and Cisco gathered for the two-day Global Conference on CyberSpace (GCCS) in the Netherlands.

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