The new European Cybercrime Center (EC3) officially opened at Europol's headquarters in The Hague on January 11.

"The facility will act as the 'focal point' in the EU’s fight against cybercrime, against both businesses and private citizens," writes The Register's John Leyden. "The centre is designed to provide greater international co-ordination in the fight against online fraud, child abuse and other cybercrimes which can't be effectively tackled by national police forces alone."

"Other responsibilities will include analysis and review in order to identify potential threats and prepare early responses to those threats," The H Security reports. "The head of EC3, Troels Oerting, said that cybercrime works across borders and therefore: 'we need a flexible and adequate response.' He describes the centre as a fusion centre, for operational investigative and forensic support, but also offering the capability to mobilise resources across EU member states in response to threats."


"EC3 will also develop a common standard for reporting online crime to help European countries get a better view of web crime across the continent," writes ZDNet's Jo Best. "The centre will have a role to play in training too, creating training materials for those working in law enforcement."

"The Cybercrime Centre (EC3) will focus our efforts and provide a strong boost to the EU's capacity to fight cybercrime," EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom said in a statement. "We need to reduce cybercrime activities, contain the threat and ensure the digital environment remains a secure place for our citizens and businesses. This is key for the EU's internet-based economy."