Interpol and BT join forces on cybercrime

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BT has agreed to share "threat intelligence data" with global policing body Interpol, in a bid to combat cybercrime.

The two organisations today signed an accord in which BT will hand over data "relating to criminal trends in cyber-space, emerging and known cyber-threats and malicious attacks", as well as offering insight from BT's own threat intelligence experts.

BT is the first telecommunications provider to sign this kind of agreement with Interpol, although earlier this year it was one of seven private sector companies which supported an Interpol operation targeting cybercrime across the ASEAN region.

BT’s threat intelligence and investigation team, based at the company’s security operations centre in Singapore, has already provided information on regional threats, including data relating to local hactivist groups and phishing sites.

So far, the opertaion has uncovered nearly 9,000 command and control servers, which are used to launch Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, among others.

“The scale and complexity of today’s cyber-threat landscape means cooperation across all sectors is essential if we are to effectively combat this global phenomenon,” said Noboru Nakatani, executive director of the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI).

“Interpol's agreement with British Telecom is an important step in our continued efforts to ensure law enforcement worldwide has access to the information they need to combat these evolving cyberthreats,” he added.

Mark Hughes, chief executive of BT Security, said: “Threat intelligence sharing between law enforcement agencies and the private sector is essential in the fight against cyber-crime, which is increasingly borderless in nature. Tackling cyber-crime therefore requires a collective, global response where the public and private sectors work hand-in-hand."

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