Ransomware is now a favoured attack tool for cybercriminals, but there has been a shift from random attacks to targeting specific companies or people, The internet organised crime threat assessment 2018 report by Europol warns.
While there was not a large volume of reports last year, mobile malware is expected to grow as users shift from online to mobile banking being highlighted.
European states must also be aware of emerging threats, such as cryptomining and payment card fraud. While the targeting of financial instruments is not new, criminals are now attacking businesses and users of cryptocurrencies.
Europol executive director Catherine De Bolle said the report highlights why law enforcers must be up to date with emerging technologies.
“Cybercrime cases are increasingly complex and sophisticated,” she said. “Law enforcement requires additional training and investigative and forensic resources in order to adequately deal with these challenges.
“The policing opportunities arising from emerging technologies, such as big data analytics and machine learning, need to be seized.”
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