Cyber Crime Unit (Hellenic Police)

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Cyber Crime Division
Διεύθυνση Δίωξης Ηλεκτρονικού Εγκλήματος
AbbreviationΔΙ.Δ.Η.Ε.
Agency overview
FormedMarch 3, 2004
Preceding agencies
  • Cyber Crime Subdivision[1]
  • Cyber Crime Unit
Jurisdictional structure
National agencyGreece
Operations jurisdictionGreece
Governing bodyGovernment of Greece
Constituting instruments
  • Presidential Decree 82/23-9-2020, Article 31
  • Law 4249/24-3-2014, Section 2, Article 17
  • Presidential Decree 9/21-2-2011
  • Presidential Decree 100/3-3-2004
General nature
Operational structure
Overviewed byMinistry of Citizen Protection
HeadquartersAthens,[2] Greece
Parent agencyHellenic Police
Website
cyberalert.gr

The Cyber Crime Unit (Greek: Τμήμα Δίωξης Ηλεκτρονικού Εγκλήματος; which can be literally translated as Electronic Crime Prosecution or roughly Cyber Crime Prosecution) of the Hellenic Police, for which legislative responsibility remains with the Ministry of Citizen Protection, was officially founded in 2004 with Greek Presidential Decree 100/2004 Government Gazette 69/Α/3-3-2004. In 2011 with Presidential Decree 9/2011 Government Gazette 24/Α/21-2-2011 was the establishment of the Authority of Financial Police and Cyber Crime Subdivision (Υπηρεσία Οικονομικής Αστυνομίας και Δίωξης Ηλεκτρονικού Εγκλήματος - ΥΠ.Ο.Α.Δ.Η.Ε.), of Police Directorate level, commenced operation in August 2011 comprises the Financial Police Subdivision and the Cyber Crime Subdivision.[3][4][5][6][7][8] It was reformed in 2014 with Article 17 of Section 2 of Law 4249/2014 Government Gazette 73/Α/24-3-2014[9][10] in which renamed Cyber Crime Division (Greek: Διεύθυνση Δίωξης Ηλεκτρονικού Εγκλήματος - ΔΙ.Δ.Η.Ε.), including the foundation and structure of Cyber Crime Subdivision of Northern Greece in Thessaloniki. Although it is still continues to be commonly known to as Cyber Crime Unit or Cyber Crime Center. The legislation for the Cyber Crime Division has amended with the Article 31 of the Presidential Decree 82/2020 Government Gazette 183/A/23-9-2020.[11][12]

History[edit]

Cyber crime law enforcement part of the Hellenic Police was introduced in 1995 in the line of duty carried out by police officers with information technology skills, among whom there was then police officer Manolis Sfakianakis who would later be appointed the first Head of the Cyber Crime Unit[13] commenced in the Head’s post in the time of Unit's founding on 3 March 2004 renewing the term of office until 17 February 2016, following the appointment in of George Papaprodromou[14][15][16] as the next Head from 27 May 2016 to 2 November 2018. The Cyber Crime Unit initially acquired IT equipments funded by private individual sponsors[17][18] and consisted of around four police officers where it has since been staffed by personnel around eighty covering different competencies including civilian personnel qualified with university degree and postgraduate studies.

Sectors[edit]

The Office of the Public Prosecutor of Supreme Civil and Criminal Court of Greece (Court of Cassation; Areios Pagos) has been issued Encyclical 02/2019[19][20][21][22] on 22 May 2019 sets out the Cyber Crime Division’s terms of service and area of responsibility aimed specifically at what cases must submit to Cyber Crime Division. As of January 2020, the Cyber Crime Division (ΔΙ.Δ.Η.Ε.) in Athens, and alongside its branch the Cyber Crime Subdivision at the Northern Greece (Υ.Δ.Η.Ε.Β.Ε.) in Thessaloniki,[23] operating 24/7 service is further divided into five Departments:

  • 1. Department of Administrative Support and Information Management
  • 2. Department of Innovative Actions and Strategy
  • 3. Department of Electronic and Telephone Communication Security and Protection of Software and Intellectual Property Rights
  • 4. Department of Minors Internet Protection and Digital Investigation
  • 5. Department of Special Cases and Internet Economic Crimes Prosecution

Services[edit]

Cyber Crime Division hosted by the Attica General Police Directorate (GADA) at its headquarters in Athens

It has resolved a large number of fraud cases,[24][25][26][27] extortion and child abuse,[28][29] while several resolved cases were only partially committed in Greece.[30] The Unit has intervened in a number of suicide attempts.[31][32]

In addition, the Cyber Crime Unit was launched a mobile app called CyberKid accompanied with its respective website,[33][34][35][36][37] funded through private sponsorship by the Wind Hellas providing useful information to internet users, especially children, parents, legal guardians, using the internet. The CyberKid app for portable devices (smartphone, tablet) is available for free download from the Google Play, App Store and Microsoft Store that users can directly contact the Cyber Crime Division in the event of a cyber crime incident.[38]

The Cyber Crime Unit has organized a series of tele-conferences and a number of event days[39] delivered a lecture and informative presentation open to the public in various locations across the Greece to showcase crucial cyber matters and dangers of internet.[40] It was also co-organized together with the competence authorities the annual Conference of Safe Cyber Navigation in Athens funded by various sponsors, having simultaneously live streaming, with the first conference was held on 8 February 2012 honoring the Safer Internet Day (SID).[41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48][49][50][51][52] The Cyber Crime Division is operating a website called CyberAlert.[53][54][55]

Awards[edit]

  • On 2 April 2015, the First (Gold) Award in the Best Social and Economic Development App[56] was bestowed on Cyber Crime Division for the CyberKid Mobile Application funded by the Wind Hellas, from the Mobility Forum & Apps Awards 2015, with the Konstantinos Ouzounis, CEO at Ethos Media S.A., presenting the award to Police Major General Manolis Sfakianakis on behalf of the Cyber Crime Division in a ceremony took place at the Divani Caravel Hotel in Athens. The CyberKid mobile application is an initiative of Hellenic Police Headquarters with Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection implemented by the Cyber Crime Division.[57][58]
  • On 20 November 2014, the UNICEF Greece 2014 Award[59][60][61] was bestowed both on Cyber Crime Division of the Hellenic Police and in its head Manolis Sfakianakis in recognition of their contribution to promote and protect the rights of children in Greece, from the UNICEF’s Greek National Committee Awards 2014 – 25th celebration to commemorate the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, World Children’s Day. The ceremony took place in the Arcade of Book located in the Arsakeion Mansion in Athens.
  • On 13 February 2006, a Honorary Distinction (τιμητική διάκριση)[62] was bestowed both on Cyber Crime Unit and in its head in recognition of their valuable social work, from the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, with the Minister Marietta Giannakou presenting the award to Manolis Sfakianakis in a ceremony took place at the General Secretariat for Youth[63] in Athens.

References[edit]

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  63. ^ The General Secretariat for Youth has incorporated into the Ministry of Education’s General Secretariat for Vocational Education, Training, Life-long Learning and Youth; Greek: Γενική Γραμματεία Επαγγελματικής Εκπαίδευσης, Κατάρτισης, Δια Βίου Μάθησης και Νεολαίας.

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