As it prepares for a growing list of “possible crime” in the metaverse, the International Criminal Police Organization is wearing its virtual reality headsets.
An Oct. 20 announcement by Interpol stated that Interpol had launched a “first ever Metaverse specifically created for law enforcement worldwide” — it was introduced at the Interpol General Assembly in New Delhi. It is now fully operational.
Interpol stated that bad actors are already using the tech for crimes. Public adoption rates will likely increase significantly over the next several years.
“Criminals have already begun to exploit the Metaverse. “The World Economic Forum […] warned that social engineering scams and violent extremism could pose particular challenges,” reads the announcement.
“As Metaverse users increase and the technology develops, the potential crimes list will expand to include crimes against children and financial fraud.
People have been sentenced for their actions in metaverse. A South Korean man was sentenced last month for sexually harassing children within the metaverse and encouraging them to send lude videos and photos.
Interpol revealed plans to create a new division to combat crypto crime at the Delhi event. Jurgen Stock, Interpol’s secretary general, stressed the importance of this unit as not all law enforcement agencies are equipped to handle the sector’s complexities.
Praveen Sinha (special director of India’s Central Bureau of Investigations) also stated that cybercrime has become more difficult due to its global nature, and that coordination is key to making their efforts easier.
Sinha stated, “The only solution is international cooperation, coordination and trust, as well as real-time sharing information.”
Registered users will be able to access the new Interpol metaverse and tour a virtual facsimile headquarters of Interpol General Secretariat in Lyon, France, and participate in forensic investigation classes.
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Interpol stated that the metaverse will allow its different outfits around the world to communicate and collaborate more efficiently. Education and training of students/new recruits were also mentioned.
The Ajman Police had announced earlier this week that it would offer its services through metaverse technology, according to an Oct. 16 tweet by the authority.