BT And In­ter­pol Unite To Fight Cy­ber-Crime

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BT has an­nounced that it has be­come the first telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions provider to sign a data ex­change agree­ment with IN­TER­POL as it con­tin­ues to step up its ef­forts to com­bat the grow­ing in­ci­dence of cy­ber-crime across the globe.

The ac­cord, signed at the IN­TER­POL Global Com­plex for In­no­va­tion (IGCI) in Sin­ga­pore, pro­vides a frame­work for threat in­for­ma­tion ex­change fo­cus­ing on data re­lat­ing to crim­i­nal trends in cy­ber-space, emerg­ing and known cy­ber-threats and ma­li­cious at­tacks.

The mu­tual data-shar­ing agree­ment will fos­ter even greater co-op­er­a­tion be­tween the two par­ties as they con­tinue their fight to pro­tect fam­i­lies, con­sumers, busi­nesses, and gov­ern­ments against the ris­ing tide of cy­ber-crime.

BT’s threat in­tel­li­gence ex­perts will pro­vide the IGCI with their knowl­edge and unique in­sight into the evolv­ing global threat land­scape, help­ing IN­TER­POL in its ef­forts to iden­tify and take ac­tion against cy­ber-crim­i­nals op­er­at­ing around the world.

BT al­ready col­lab­o­rates closely with IN­TER­POL and ear­lier this year was one of only seven in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies with se­cu­rity ex­per­tise to pro­vide as­sis­tance for a ma­jor op­er­a­tion to com­bat cy­ber-crime in South East Asia. BT’s threat in­tel­li­gence and in­ves­ti­ga­tion team, based at the com­pany’s se­cu­rity operations cen­ter in Sin­ga­pore, pro­vided in­for­ma­tion on re­gional threats, in­clud­ing data re­lat­ing to lo­cal hac­tivist groups and phish­ing sites.

The wider op­er­a­tion un­cov­ered nearly 9,000 com­mands and con­trol (C2) servers, which are typ­i­cally used to launch Dis­trib­uted De­nial of Ser­vice (DDoS) at­tacks and spread mal­ware, ran­somware, and spam. Hun­dreds of com­pro­mised web­sites, in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment por­tals, were also dis­cov­ered as a re­sult of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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