Cyber Crime Unit (Hellenic Police)

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Cyber Crime Unit
Υποδιεύθυνση Δίωξης Ηλεκτρονικού Εγκλήματος
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Agency overview
Formed 1995
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
National agency
(Operations jurisdiction)
Legal jurisdiction As per operations jurisdiction.
Governing body Ministry of the Interior and Administrative Reconstruction
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Athens
Minister responsible Giannis Panousis, Alternate Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection
Parent agency Hellenic Police

The Cyber Crime Unit (Greek: Υποδιεύθυνση Δίωξης Ηλεκτρονικού Εγκλήματος) of the Hellenic Police, was formed in 1995. The headquarters of the agency is in Athens.


The Cyber Crime Unit was a concept of its current director, FBI-trained Brigadier General Manolis Sfakianakis.[1]

The unit started operation with just two officers, and is currently run by over 80 law enforcement agents and civilians holding bachelor, or PhD degrees from universities such as the Imperial College of London, Stanford University and the M.I.T. .


The Cyber Crime Unit has the following sectors :


Since 2004, when the unit was upgraded to a full department of the Hellenic Police, it has resolved over 6,000 cases of fraud,[2][3] extortion and child abuse,[4] while several resolved cases were only partially committed in Greece.[5]

The unit has intervened in an extremely large amount of suicide attempts,[6] saving altogether over 600 lives.[7][8]

In addition, the Cyber Crime Unit is operating a website called Cyber - Kid which is providing useful information to children and parents using the Internet.

Since 2013, the Cyber Crime Unithas organised a number of conferences[9][10] all over Greece, to inform children and parents on the dangers of internet use.[11][12] After the first conference, the Cyber Crime Center launched a live streaming website projecting the conferences in real time.[13]


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