Action against economic crime

Resources: Anti-cybercrime networks, organisations and initiatives

Taking effective measures against cybercrime and thus to protect human rights and the rule of law on the Internet is a shared responsibility requiring transnational multi-stakeholder cooperation. A wide range of international networks, organisations and initiatives have already been established to meet the challenge of cybercrime. This resource is to facilitate access to these initiatives and to allow for networking among networks. It lists initiatives and networks involving public and/or private sector institutions or NGOs cooperating across borders:







Action Innocence




Child abuse

To inform and educate the public, parents and children of the dangers of Internet

To promote safe use of Internet

To fight against cybercrimes against children

Independent associations in France, Switzerland, Belgium and Monaco

Via website

181, avenue Victor Hugo - 75116 Paris
Tel : 00 33 1 44 05 05 33

Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG)





A global pan-industrial and law enforcement association focused on eliminating fraud and identity theft resulting from phishing, pharming and email spoofing of all types

A detailed list of APWG members is available on the website




Via website


To report phishing:







Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)


Telecommunications and Information Working Group (TEL)





To improve telecommunication and information infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region by developing and implementing appropriate policies


Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea,
Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, The Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, USA, Vietnam


Telecommunications and Information Working Group


Chair: Mr Liu Ziping
Department of International Cooperation
Ministry of Industry and Information Technology
13 West Chang An Ave.
Beijing 100804

APEC Secretariat

Ms. Susan B. Natividad
Director (Program)
APEC Secretariat
35 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, Singapore 119616
Tel: (65) 68 919 600
Fax: (65) 68 919 690


Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)


Telecommunication and IT (TELMIN)





To develop common framework to coordinate exchange of information, establishment of standards and cooperation among enforcement agencies

Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam


Via website



Child Helpline International - Emergency phone service




Child abuse


To respond to children in need of care and protection and

To voice children's concerns to policy and decision makers by establishing a global network of children's helplines

To provide support to individual child helplines

The detailed list of the Helplines in 86 countries is available on the website




Via website


Herengracht 418
1017 BZ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)20 528 9625



Ciber delincuencia



All cybercrime

To promote the international instruments on cybercrime (Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime and its Additional Protocol) as well as resolutions and recommendations emerging from international and regional organizations;  

To facilitate and promote exchange of information among experts in the field of cybercrime in order to identify problems, differences and address legal challenges in Latin America.

To develop and promote exchange of best practices regulation, enforcement, and cooperation among law enforcement authorities and the judiciary in Latin America and to foster the creation of adequate policies to counter cybercrime in the region

To facilitate and disseminate the use of the website as a collaborative tool to exchange information by and between experts, entities, groups and authorities in charge of combating cybercrime at the international and regional level.



By e-mail request and based on the experience of the candidate. Currently trying to include most of the Latin American countries without cybercrime legislation in place.



Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)





Cloud computing

To promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing and to provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing

Full list available on the website




Contact network of spam authorities (CNSA)




To share information and best practices in enforcing anti-spam laws between national authorities of EU Member States and of the EEA

EU Member States

Current Coordinator :

Office of Fair Trading (United Kingdom)




Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence




Cyber Defence

To enhance the capability, cooperation and information sharing among NATO, NATO nations and Partners in cyber defence by virtue of education, research and development, lessons learned and consultation.

The core areas of research include: legal and policy, concepts and strategy, tactical environment, critical information infrastructure protection


Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Italy, the Slovak Republic, and Spain


Filtri tee 12, 10132 Tallinn, Estonia

Tel: +372 717 6800

Fax: +372 717 6308 



Council of Europe


Cooperation against cybercrime


Cybercrime Convention Committee


Contact points for police and judicial cooperation


All Cybercrime

To establish a global framework for efficient cooperation against cybercrime

To support the strengthening of legislation and capacity building

To facilitate the implementation of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime


Member States of the Council of Europe


Parties to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime


Public and private sector institutions participating in project activities


Council of Europe

Economic Crime Division

Strasbourg, France



Cybercrime Centres of Excellence Network for Training Research and Education (2Centre) Law enforcement training To establish a network of university Centres of Excellence to train law enforcement agencies on cybercrime investigation techniques

Law enforcement, industry and academia

University College Dublin

Université de Téchnologie Troyes



European Child Safety Online NGO Network (ENACSO)


Child safety online

To build and develop a dynamic network of children's NGOs from across the EU with expertise on child internet safety, to be the central focal point representing civil society in relation to child protection on the Internet and new media in Europe
To develop a common approach to protecting children in relation to new and emerging technologies based on the experience of children's rights NGOs
To influence relevant policies and strategies at national, European and international level by promoting legislative, technical and other solutions that protect and enhance children's rights online The overriding goal is to create a safer online environment for children through fulfilling these objectives

13 NGOs from all Europe (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, The Netherlands, United Kingdom).






Carstensen Dieter
Rosenoerns Allé 12
1634 Copenhagen V
Tel. +45 35248523
Fax. +45 35391119


End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children For Sexual Purposes (ECPAT)


Child abuse

To ensure and realise the right of all children to live free of child prostitution, child pornography and child trafficking for sexual purposes

To build collaboration among local civil society actors and the broader child rights community to form a global social movement for protection of children from sexual exploitation

The International Secretariat of ECPAT International is based in Bangkok, Thailand.


The ECPAT network gathered more than than 80 independent organisations or coalitions in over 70 countries.



328 Phayathai Road. Rachathewi , Bangkok , Thailand 10400
Tel. +662 215 3388



Europol - Analysis Work Files (AWF)


Child abuse

To support member states in preventing & combating criminal networks involved in production, sale or distribution of child pornography, and the associated forms of crime within Europol’s mandate, e.g. the sexual exploitation of children

European Union member states


Raamweg 47

PO Box 90850
2509 LW The Hague


Tel. +31 70 302 5000


European Cybercrime Training and Education Group (ECTEG)





Investigation Training

To provide ongoing support to organisations delivering training courses by making current training material available and by providing training support




Raamweg 47

PO Box 90850
2509 LW The Hague


Tel. +31 70 302 5000


European Financial Coalition



Child protection

To bring together all stakeholder groups engaged in the fight against the commercial distribution of child abuse images in order to facilitate and support pan-European police operations, with cross sector solutions targeting in particular the electronic payment systems that are used to purchase child exploitation and abuse images on the internet



Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
33 Vauxhall Bridge Road
London SW1V 2WG





Internet safety

To protect and promote the interests of Europe as a whole within the global Internet, securing for Europe a premier position in the key industry of the new Millennium

To help deliver the benefits of this new technology of liberation and empowerment to individuals, while at the same time meeting the legitimate concerns of parents and others responsible for the weaker members of society.

To encourage the development of a free and open telecommunications market, something of great benefit to society as a whole but essential to the healthy development of the Internet.

To promote the interests of our members and provide common services to them where these cannot be had elsewhere


ISPA represents over 1700 Internet service providers across the EU and EFTA countries, including ISPs from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Romania and the UK.

A detailed list of ISPA members is available on the website

A detailed list of ISPA partners is available on the website


EuroISPA Secretariat 
39, Rue Montoyer
B - 1000 Brussels


Tel. +32 2 503 22 65

Fax. +32 2 503 42 95



Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST)




Internet safety

To foster cooperation and coordination between computer security incident response teams (CSIRTS) from government, commercial, and educational organizations in incident prevention

To stimulate rapid and effective reaction to incidents by providing access to best practices, tools, and trusted communication with member teams.

To promote information sharing among members and the community at large


More than 210 members spread over Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.


FIRST.Org, Inc.,
PO Box 1187
North Carolina 27560-1187



In case of emergency, contact the local response team directly


Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI)




Internet safety

To make the online world safer for kids and their families by identifying and promoting best practice, tools and methods in the field of online safety, that also respect free expression

A detailed list of FOSI members is available on the website

Via website




FOSI office in North America

Family Online Safety Institute
624 Ninth Street,
Suite 222
Washington, DC 20001,
United States of America


FOSI office in Europe

Family Online Safety Institute
12-13 Ship Street Brighton
East Sussex BN1 1AD

United Kingdom


Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography


Child protection To prevent the abuse of payment systems for child exploitation


FCACP is made up of 32 of the leading banks, credit card companies, electronic payment networks, third party payments companies, and Internet services companies

The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children
1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 625
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
United States of America



GetNetWise - Coalition


Child safety, privacy, security and spam

To help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences

Internet industry corporations and public interest organisations



Via website

Global Prosecutors E-Crime Network (GPEN)

International cooperation


Investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes

To enable all jurisdictions to develop a co-ordinated approach for dealing with e-crime that supports effective prosecutions and promotes the Cybercrime Convention.

To encourage enhanced international cooperation in the e-crime arena

To improve the exchange of information

To develop appropriate training courses to train prosecutors 


International Association of Prosecutors members

International Association of Prosecutors (IAP)
Hartogstraat 13, The Hague, The Netherlands

Tel. +45 33 43 67 34 




G-8 Subgroup on high-tech crime



"To enhance the abilities of G8 countries to prevent, investigate, and prosecute crimes involving computers, networked communications, and other new technologies”

G8 members:Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, UK, US, EU



ICANN – Security & Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) Working Group


System security and integrity To advise ICANN community on matters relating to the security and integrity of the Internet's naming and address allocation systems A detailed list of the Working Group members is available on the website

Comments and questions should be sent by email to:

Steve Crocker

Dave Piscitello

Julie Hedlund .


International Multilateral Partnership on Cyber Threats (IMPACT)


Cyberthreats and -security

Cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations’ specialised agency, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) - bringing together governments, academia and industry experts to enhance the global community’s capability in dealing with cyber threats.

A detailed list of ITU (International Communication Union) member States that are IMPACT partner countries is available on the website

Via website






63000 Cyberjaya


Tel: +60 (3) 8313 2020

Fax: +60 (3) 8319 2020



International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications (IWGDPT)




Data protection

To improve the protection of privacy in telecommunications with a particular focus on the protection of privacy on the Internet

Representatives from Data Protection Authorities and other bodies of national public administrations, international organisations and scientists from all over the world


Interpol - 24/7



To connect law enforcement officials in all member States and to provide them with the means to share crucial information on criminals and criminal activities

To enable member states to access each others’ national databases using a business-to-business (B2B) connection

Interpol 188 member States

Via website




General Secretariat
200, quai Charles de Gaulle
69006 Lyon

Fax. +33 (0)4 72 44 71 63


Interpol - Regional Working Parties on Information Technology Crime

Factsheet on Interpol activities on Cybercrime


To facilitate the development of strategies, technologies and information on the latest IT crime methods


4 regional working parties: Europe, Africa, Asia-South Pacific, Latin America


More information on each of the working parties is available on the website

Via website




General Secretariat
200, quai Charles de Gaulle
69006 Lyon

Fax. +33 (0)4 72 44 71 63



Interpol - National Central Reference points (NRCP)

Factsheet on Interpol activities on Cybercrime

International police cooperation

To facilitate international police co-operation through National Central Reference Points (NCRP), a designated network of investigators working in national computer crime units,

More than 120 INTERPOL National Central Bureaus have designated NCRPs

Via website




General Secretariat
200, quai Charles de Gaulle
69006 Lyon

Fax. +33 (0)4 72 44 71 63



Innocence en danger

Child abuse

To sensitise and catalyse, educate and inform governmental and non-governmental bodies, European and international intergovernmental bodies, business enterprises, and the general public on the increasing problems of paedo-criminality

Offices in Switzerland, France, Germany, Colombia, Morocco and the United States of America The contact details of all national offices are available on the website

International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE)


Illegal content

To support and enhance the performance of internet hotlines around the world, ensuring swift action is taken in responding to reports of illegal content to make the internet a safer place


Internet hotlines around the world

INHOPE Association
25 Sandyford Office Park
Dublin 18





Online safety


Child protection online

To promote safe, responsible use of the Internet and mobile devices to young people

To empower citizens to use the internet, as well as other online technologies, positively, safely and effectively

INSAFE is a network of:

-National Awareness Centres in 30 countries;

-helplines and youth panels. INSAFE also runs a pan-European youth panel on online safety.

-Safer Internet Day committees in more than 30 countries across the world

Insafe Project Manager

European Schoolnet
61 rue de Trèves
1040 Brussels, Belgiu

Tel. +32 2 790 7575

Fax. +32 2 790 7585



Information Security Forum (ISF)

Information security

To supply authoritative opinion and guidance on all aspects of information security


Over 300 members worldwide

Information Security Forum

10 - 18 Union Street
London SE1 1SZ

United Kingdom
Tel. +44 (0) 20 7212 1173
Fax. +44 (0) 20 7213 4813



International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) 

Child protection

To identify and coordinate a global network of organizations fighting child-sexual exploitation and abduction.



The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children
1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 625
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
United States of America



International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Cybersecurity activities


Cybersecurity To build confidence and security in the use of information and communication technologies


ITU member States Website: Contact information

Internet Governance Forum (IGF)



To discuss public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet;

To identify emerging issues, bring them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public, and, where appropriate, make recommendations;

To contribute to capacity building for Internet governance in developing countries, drawing fully on local sources of knowledge and expertise;

To help to find solutions to the issues arising from the use and misuse of the Internet, of particular concern to everyday users


UN member States, international organisations, public and private sector stakeholders

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
Bocage Annex
Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10

Tel. +41 22 917 46 65
Fax. +41 22 917 00 92




London Action Plan Spam

 to promote international spam enforcement cooperation and address spam related problems, such as online fraud and deception, phishing, and dissemination of viruses. The participants also open the Action Plan for participation by other interested government and public agencies, and by appropriate private sector representatives, as a way to expand the network of entities engaged in spam enforcement cooperation


See list of public and private sector members



Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG)


Messaging abuses

To bring the messaging industry together to work collaboratively and to successfully address the various forms of messaging abuse, such as spam, viruses, denial-of-service attacks and other messaging exploitations

A detailed list of MAAWG members is available on the website Via website
Operation Spam Zombies Spam, Zombies

To inform ISPs on spam prevention measures

To encourage ISPs to implement anti-zombie measures

A detailed list of the governmental agencies participating in this operation is available on the website

Possibility to forward deceptive spam email to
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Task Force on SPAM



To support the development of an inclusive and coherent answer to the spam issue, the OECD has launched an Anti-Spam “Toolkit” as the first step in a broader initiative to help policy makers, regulators and industry players orient their policies relating to spam solutions and restore trust in the Internet and e-mail.



Email: spam.project at

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Working Party for Information Security and Privacy (WPISP)


Network security


To promote an internationally coordinated approach to policymaking in security and protection of privacy and personal data in order to help build trust in the global information society and facilitate e-commerce.



WPISP Secretariat 

2, rue André-Pascal

75775 Paris Cedex 16 - FRANCE

Tel. +33 (0) 1 4524 8200

Fax. +33 (0)1 4430 6259



Organisation of American States (OAS) Inter-American Co-operation Portal on Cyber-Crime



To complete a diagnosis of criminal activity which targets computers and information, or which uses computers as the means of committing an offense

To complete a diagnosis of national legislation, policies and practices regarding such activity

To identify national and international entities with relevant expertise; and

To identify mechanisms of cooperation within the inter-American system to combat cybercrime.


OAS member States Via website



Réseaux IP Européens Community (RIPE) Anti-Abuse Working Group


Network abuse

To develop best common practice for Internet service providers (ISPs)

To provide advice to ISPs, Governments and Law Enforcement Agencies

To discuss and disseminate information on technical and non-technical methods of preventing or reducing network abuse.

The RIPE community has formed a number of working groups to deal with issues and topics affecting the Internet community.

A detailed list of all RIPE working groups is available on the website

Email of the Anti-Abuse Working Group:


Office address

Singel 258
1016 AB Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Tel. +31 20 535 4444
Fax.     +31 20 535 4445


Postal address

P.O. Box 10096
1001EB Amsterdam
The Netherlands


A full list of RIPE email addresses is available on RIPE website

Society for the Policing of Cyberspace (POLCYB)





To enhance international partnerships among public and private professionals to prevent and combat crimes in cyberspace

To facilitate information-sharing between and among executives, administrators, and front-line professionals through seeking expert advice among our global and diverse membership.
To provide public education on information protection and internet safety to raise public awareness of cybercrime, including those committed against children and youth

Individual and organisational memberships are possible.
A detailed list of organisations members of POLCYB is available on the website

Bessie Pang
Executive Director
The Society for the Policing of Cyberspace
Suite 834 - 6540 East Hastings St.
Burnaby, British Columbia
V5B 4Z5
Tel. 778.883.8432
Fax. 604-980-5231

Safer Internet Programme


Child safety online

Illegal content and conduct

To empower and protect children and young people online by awareness raising initiatives and by fighting illegal and harmful online content and conduct

EU Member States: a detailed list of the 27 Safer Internet Centres is available on the website


Safer Internet
EUFO 1194
European Commission
L-2920 Luxembourg

Fax. +352 4301 34079






Spam, phishing, network abuse

Real-time database for sharing SMTP reputation-information between ISPs

To maximize effectiveness of anti-abuse-strategies 


Partners: eco ­– Verband der deutschen Internetwirtschaft



Mr. Sven Karge

Head of Content Department
eco Verband der deutschen Internetwirtschaft e.V.
D-50825 Köln
Tel. + 49 221 7000480
Fax. + 49 221 70004811


Possibility for interested ISPs to get an access, upon request, to the shared.brain WIKI space



Virtual Global Taskforce






Child abuse To build an effective, international partnership of law enforcement agencies that helps to protect children from online child abuse.

-Australian Federal Police

-Canadian National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC) as part of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police -Italian Postal and Communication Police Service

-UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

-U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)



Possibility to report abuse via the website

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)


Crime prevention and criminal justice

With regard to cybercrime:

Coming out the global study on the threat of responses to cybercrime

Capacity building

United Nations Member State Via website


Gillian Murray

Chief, Conference Support Section

Focal Point on Cybercrime

Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch

Division for Treaty Affairs

P.O. Box 500, A-1400

Vienna, Austria

Tel:+43 (1) 260604084




Alexander Seger

Economic Crime Division

Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs -
Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France
Tel +33-3-9021-4506
Fax +33-3-9021-5650