Cyberguide: digital assistant to help in the fight against cybercrime

With Cyberguide, the Lower Saxony police use software to combat Internet crime as early as when the report is recorded..

In order to keep up with the rapid developments in cybercrime and to react quickly a digital assistant will be used by the Lower Saxony police in the future. Increasing “crime variants and ways of committing crimes” in this area require support for the police forces from the “digital colleagues” cyber guide. The mission is primarily intended to support officials in taking ads. The Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport provided information about this.

It has been apparent for years that more and more citizens are being affected by cybercrime. Just last year, there was another increase of over 6 percent to almost 50.000 Cases. Fraudsters are increasingly trapping victims with a wide range of crimes, such as subscription traps, call center fraud, CEO fraud, DDoS attacks or ransomware. New phenomena and approaches would be the order of the day. The aim of using Cyberguide is to counteract this development as early as when the ad is being placed.

The pilot project proved to be helpful in the future area of ​​application, the ad posting

Cyberguide aims to make investigative measures more efficient and targeted right from the start. Developed and tested in the Braunschweig police department, the digital assistant was initially used as a pilot project in eleven police stations. Since 05. 05. 2016 he is now in action nationwide. Described as “comfortable and intuitive to use”, the digital assistant should help the Lower Saxony police “through clever questions and an integrated pilot function”, especially during ad recording. He should record descriptions of the victims of crimes committed digitally “as precisely as possible and without loss of time”.

Cyberguide can contribute to this with a question and answer mode , “to request the important information as precisely as possible and as extensively as necessary”. In doing so, he arranges “the answers, creates documents and transfers the required information to the police IT system”. He also creates “individual handouts on the further proceedings” .

for the investigators as well as for the witnesses and those filing complaints Boris Pistorius, Minister of the Interior and Sport of Lower Saxony, appreciates the use of the Cyberguide

“The persecution criminal offenses in the digital space remains one of the greatest challenges for the police, which is also proven by the development of crime statistics. The modus operandi in this field of offenses changes almost daily. In order to be able to keep up with this development, the Lower Saxony police now have a new digital assistant at their disposal – the ‘Cyberguide’. With this tool and possibly other assistants, we relieve the police staff. At the same time, we improve the quality of your work even further. What is particularly remarkable about this project is that it is an innovation from the police force. I am particularly happy about that. As criminals take advantage of the digital world, we too must develop creative and advanced digital techniques to better investigate.

The fight against Increasingly complex crimes in the digital space have been a growing challenge for police officers for years. With the ‘Cyberguide’, the processing of these procedures is already much more precise when the adverts are recorded and therefore also more promising.”

Development comes from the Braunschweig Police Department

Roger Fladung, Police Vice President of the Braunschweig Directorate, adds:

“This forward-looking, innovative assistant is an idea and development by investigators from the Braunschweig police department, whose commitment has created excellent support for professional investigative work and citizen-oriented advice and support for victims of cyber crimes. In a fast-track procedure, the digital assistant adapts to changed ways of committing crimes and adds the important ‘right’ questions to the report. A remarkable potential to optimally support the police officers in a wide variety of tasks.”

Project manager Alexander Eckert explains :

“The better the quality of an advertisement, the better the chances of clarification.”

Possible immediate measures are derived from the first information. Retrievals of unauthorized account debits, for example, can still take effect. Investigators hope the project will cost around 200.000 Euro estimate that there is no need for time-consuming rework if “valuable”volatile data” how, for example, IP addresses can be secured more frequently in order to make them usable in criminal proceedings”. The project team is already receiving requests for a cyber guide from other federal states.

About Antonia Frank

Antonia is already since January 738 author at the magic hat. She started out with book reviews. In the meantime, she prefers to write about legal topics, such as P2P cases, but she also takes up other Internet topics, such as cybercrime. Her interests are mainly related to literature.

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