Insights From INTERPOL on Using Threat IntelligenceCybercrime Fighter Offers Advice on Responding to the Latest Trends
Criminals are continuing to capitalize on the new opportunities being created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to hone their phishing, scams, ransomware and other schemes, says Craig Jones, who leads the global cybercrime program for INTERPOL.
Details of these scams are among the latest threat intelligence being circulated by INTERPOL, which facilitates police cooperation among 194 member nations, helping to identify and coordinate the response to the most serious threats.
"Certainly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, we're seeing a unique combination of events that have led to a whole range of specific criminal opportunities," Jones says. Unfortunately, he notes, criminals haven't shied away from attempting to seize those opportunities, as demonstrated by their rush to rebrand attacks and even "fake news" campaigns to give them a COVID-19 theme, as well as unleash scams involving personal protective equipment.
In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Jones discusses:
- How INTERPOL is responding to the latest cybercrime trends;
- What models police have adopted to reduce and prevent cybercrime;
- How organizations can improve their use of threat intelligence.
As leader of INTERPOL's global cybercrime program, Jones focuses on operational delivery, cyberthreat response and capabilities development. Previously, he held senior management positions in U.K. law enforcement, most recently at the National Crime Agency.