19 Feb 2018
The United Kingdom is keen to have a relationship with the European Union where officials can continue to speedily share intelligence, biometrics and other data after Brexit, the head of Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.
The NCA has benefited from EU policing partnership in tackling crimes such as cyber attacks and terrorism, said Lynne Owens, Director General of the NCA
“The ability to work in this manner with our European partners benefits us all, increasing our ability to disrupt criminal activity and protect our citizens from national threats as well as local level volume crime at the heart of our communities.
“We are confident that these requirements are being taken into account by the Prime Minister and officials responsible for negotiating Brexit, and that there is commitment to our position that we need to retain our ability to share intelligence, biometrics and other data at speed.”
She cited the tackling of the ‘Avalanche’ cyber network as an example of the positive impacts of partnership.
The illegal network was used as a delivery platform to launch and manage global malicious software attacks and money mule recruiting campaigns, and caused and millions of euros of damages in concentrated cyberattacks on online banking systems in Germany alone.
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