PARIS, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Partnerships between public and private sectors are essential for effectively addressing evolving IT crimes and cybercrimes, International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) President Khoo Boon Hui has said.
According to an INTERPOL press release on Thursday, President Khoo said at a public safety symposium held in Redmond in America recently that transnational criminal groups and terrorist organizations have realized the potential of information and communication technology for furthering their agendas and some of them have used technology for leading propaganda campaigns, recruiting, fundraising, and even training.
Describing cyber-crime as a growing threat to societies, Khoo said criminals are not only operating in the physical world, but are also active in the virtual world, for example targeting national information infrastructures.
Meanwhile, with one out of every four people in the world having online access which provides a fertile hunting ground for criminals to ply their illegal trade, the president emphasized the importance to engage local law enforcement institutions, international counter-crime organizations and the public in joint efforts to effectively fight high-tech crimes and cybercrimes, saying it will be more effective than to rely on law enforcement departments alone.
Khoo also praised the cooperation between INTERPOL and Microsoft Corporation, in which the latter provided training to police officers against high-tech crimes, computer-facilitated crimes against children and violations.