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Cybercrime refers to the use of computer technology for illegal purposes, such as hacking into a website or email account and then stealing information or money. Cyber criminals often operate anonymously, and the internet makes it easier for them to hide their activity. This makes it hard for law enforcement agencies to catch them.

Cyber crime is a global problem with many different types of attacks and threats. Some examples include phishing (attacks designed to trick people into giving away personal information such as passwords or credit card numbers) and ransomware attacks (which prevent a user from accessing their data by encrypting it). In addition, hackers are increasingly using connected IoT devices such as CCTV cameras or smart home systems to attack their targets.

However, cyber crimes can be difficult to prosecute because the perpetrators, victims and technical infrastructure do not always follow national boundaries. To address this, international entities have partnered with one another and signed formal cyber treaties to ensure that all countries respond to cyber threats in a consistent manner.

Cyber threats can have devastating consequences for businesses, governments and individuals. To fight these crimes, international law enforcement agencies like the FBI and Europol work tirelessly to protect our digital world. They are assisted by national and local law enforcement agencies, private sector companies, trade bodies and security providers, which help to mitigate risks. In addition, they work to create and maintain robust reporting platforms like the IC3.