INTERPOL meeting of cybercrime unit chiefs to develop response to WannaCry attack

International Police Organisation (INTERPOL) is this week convening a meeting of cybercrime unit chiefs from Europe, Asia and Oceania in Madrid, Spain in a bid to work out the response to the recent WannaCry ransomware attack and other IT security threats.

The cybercrime unit chiefs’ meeting comes at a time when responses to a global survey conducted by INTERPOL on behalf of UK authorities to establish the full picture of how many countries were affected by WannaCry, and to what extent, are currently being analysed.

With the WannaCry ransom demands made in Bitcoins, tracking criminals via Blockchain analysis is also on the agenda of the three-day meeting, which runs from June 6 – 8, 2017, with 49 specialists from 31 countries expected to attend.

A session focusing on business email compromise will also be held on the sidelines of the meeting to establish a clearer global picture of the problem and to share best practice and expertise in investigations.

Delegates will also be updated on the recent INTERPOL-led operation targeting cybercrime across the ASEAN region which resulted in the identification of nearly 9,000 Command and Control (C2) servers and hundreds of compromised websites.

Towards the end of May, INTERPOL hosted a virtual conference with  affected countries as part of its coordination of the global law enforcement response to the WannaCry ransomware attack,

Immediately following the 12 May attack, information provided by UK authorities via  the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Manchester outlining the key malware features and mitigating actions to be taken was circulated to all 190 member countries via an INTERPOL Purple Notice.

The UK’s National Crime Agency also requested INTERPOL to coordinate and conduct an immediate survey of all member countries in order to establish the global impact of the WannaCry malware.

Responses from member countries detailing the actions they have taken are being collated and analysed by a critical incident cell established at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore, supported by specialists from its Cyber Fusion Centre.

The virtual meeting – held on May 19, 2017 – enabled specialists to exchange information and provide updates on their investigations.

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