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Fight Against Cyber Crime: INTERPOL Launches Online Awareness Campaign With Focus On Ransomware And Phishing

NEW DELHI: Interpol has launched an online campaign to alert individuals about key cyber threats and assist them in protecting their computer systems, networks, and personal information from cyber thieves.

“Whether in a commercial or personal context, Interpol wants you to remember that cybercrime is often just a single click, tap, or swipe away,” the Interpol said.

The three-week awareness campaign will take place on social media from October 4 to October 22.

It will highlight the main dangers identified by Interpol’s Cybercrime Programme, based on information gathered from member nations, private-sector partners through the Gateway framework, national cybersecurity agencies, and online information-sharing groups.

The campaign will also draw on information provided by Interpol’s Financial Crime Unit and the Global Financial Crime Task Force. It will concentrate on ransomware, internet scams and phishing, business email compromise, and basic cyber hygiene.

“More than 70 member-countries have joined the initiative.” A number of private-sector partners, international organisations such as the UNODC and World Economic Forum, and non-profits are also supporting the campaign by sharing information on recent cases as well as tools available to help members of the public protect their systems from this threat,” it said.

Craig Jones, Interpol’s director of Cybercrime, said: “We click, tap or swipe hundreds of times a day, often automatically. This campaign seeks to remind the public that we should pay attention to all our actions online, even just one click. Remaining vigilant is the best way to prevent cybercrime and keep our cyberspace safe.”

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