Securing cyberspace - Combatting cyberfraud and online identity theft

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Online activities have now become central to the very way in which millions of people across the world live their lives. While the Internet has positively enriched societal communications and economic opportunities, these technological advancements have changed – and continue to change – the very nature of crime, serving to breed a new sophisticated and technically capable criminal and terrorist. The scale of contemporary cybercrime is significantly challenging the capacity and capability of even the most sophisticated Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs). Of critical concern to authorities is the continued rise of cyber fraud which has now become the most prevalent crime within numerous European Member States, with people ten times more likely to become a victim than they are to suffer a traditional theft. To tackle the phenomenon of cyber fraud and online identity theft, police officers, academics and private industry partners have joined forces through project ARIES (reliAble euRopean Identity EcoSystem), funded by the Horizon 2020 Secure Societies programme of the European Commission, which seeks to achieve a reduction in levels of identity fraud, identity theft and other related cybercrimes by creating a new system to improve the security of personal online data. This paper explores the new and emerging threats from cyber fraud and identity theft and examines how project ARIES will design a new system to prevent impersonation and reduce types of identity fraud and identity-related crimes which is recognised a major vulnerability in securing cyberspace and combatting contemporary organised crime and international terrorism.


Andrew Staniforth, Francesca Barrett


Proceedings of the 8th International scientific conference on Security concepts and policies - new generation of risks and threats.

University ―St. Kliment Ohridski‖ Bitola; Faculty of Security- Skopje