The UK has conducted an exercise to test how investigators and prosecutors across Europe and the US could work together in the event of an international cyber criminal incident.
A simulated cyber attack was launched against a fictitious global petrol company to test international responses to serious cyber crime, with specialists from across Europe and the US taking part in the week-long exercise, known as Silver Shadow, which kicked off on the 30th November.
The exercise was run by the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) and was funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It saw officers come together from eight different countries to assess their collective responses to a simulated cyber attack.
The ultimate aim was to test how investigators and prosecutors could work together in the event of a complex criminal incident.
The NCA said the exercise was an opportunity to develop stronger operational partnerships between investigation teams and prosecutors.
The countries involved were Bulgaria, Georgia, Lithuania, Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, the UK and the US.
Jamie Saunders, NCCU director, said: "Cyber crime is, by its very nature, international, with many of the criminals and the technical infrastructure they rely on based overseas, and yet its impact is felt by real people and real businesses in communities across the UK.
"This means that our response has to be capable of linking police colleagues dealing with victims at a local level with law enforcement colleagues in other countries investigating and prosecuting those who may be responsible."
Saunders said, for this reason, the NCCU has put strong international partnerships at the heart of its efforts in order to combat the most serious cyber crime threats to the UK.
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