Octopus against Cybercrime

Typewriting? Sending telegrams? Developing pictures? All of these belong to the past. Today, thanks to computers and the internet, things have become easier and life more comfortable for all of us.

There are, however, always people who spoil the fun for us regular citizens: Criminals, who use IT to forge, lie and cheat without regard to anyone as well as terrorists and members of organised crime groups, who – through the use of modern technology – become a threat to the whole world.

For this reason, the Council of Europe is fighting cybercrime systematically, on the basis of its Cybercrime Convention as well as through its capacity building programmes. One of them is quite aptly named Octopus, because although the octopus sits in Europe, its tentacles – thanks to the parties to the convention – reach as far as the US, Japan and Australia.