Some 10,000 cyber attacks occur in Israel every minute, according to Interpol President Khoo Boon Hui, who spoke at the international police organization’s European Regional Convention in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
According to Khoo, terrorists and criminals are quick to utilize new technologies to carry out the attacks. He said that 80% of online violations are committed by crime organizations.
Khoo suggested that many criminals worldwide are abandoning conventional theft in favor of the cyber variation due to the high payoff; banks in the US lose $900 million a year to cyber crime. He noted that sophistication is required in order to get an advantage over internet criminals.
Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino, who took part in the convention as well, spoke of Israel’s collaboration with international authorities to fight crime. He said that the Jewish state primarily cooperates with European countries on the matter, due to a similarity in crime patterns.
In his speech, Danino brought up the hit-and-run incident that killed a young woman, Lee Zeituni, in Tel Aviv last year. The two men who are charged with her death fled to France, prompting the police to contact Interpol and the French authorities. Despite the fact that there are no extradition agreements in French Law, Danino expressed hope that the European country will grant Israel’s request and hand over the fugitives.
“Together we will find the legal way to overcome the challenges and bring to their arrest,” he said.
Danino listed the massacre that took place outside a Jewish school in Toulouse in March as yet another reason to bolster the ties with police forces worldwide.