Police to Map Cyber Crime Landscape
In order to provide up to the minute intelligence about high-tech crime, the UK's National Crime Agency has signed up two security firms.
The deal is said to help it step up efforts to map cybercrime in Britain and the rest of the world.
The two firms, Intel Security and Trend Micro, will help to expose attacks and will become part of the "virtual threat teams" that help take down hi-tech thieves.
Head of the NCA's Cyber Crime Unit, Andy Archibald, said the closer relationship had grown out of collaboration between the law enforcement agency and security firms over the past ten months; which had then led to the NCA arresting people in the UK involved in manufacturing malware, running money mules who laundered cash or running hosting services that catered to cyber thieves.
Andy said: "Security firms have a far greater understanding of the threats in terms of what they see on a day-to-day basis. They have a massively important part to play in terms of understanding and identifying who and where the threat comes from.
"Traditional law enforcement in response to crime has a victim who reports, an investigation and there's a criminal justice outcome.
"But the response to cybercrime has to be more sophisticated than that."
Archibald explained the NCA said they needed a global view of the threats and attacks that are hitting people and organisations in the UK, which was data the security firms were able to provide.
He also said the intelligence would help in cases where it was not possible to identify individuals behind particular attacks - prompting the NCA to target servers or other resources used to carry them out.
Chief technical officer for Europe for Intel Security, Raj Samanji said: "As an industry we get visibility of the most prominent, the most prevalent types of attacks, the countries where the majority of attacks seem to originate."
He believes the collaboration between the NCA and security firms over the last 10 months had proved "remarkable results".
He added: "We started off with Gameoverzeus and Cryptolocker, we had Blackshades, we had Shylock, we had Ramnit, we had Simda and
we just concluded with Beebone. There's more to come."
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