Thursday, December 8, 2022

Interpol Launch Police Metaverse Office to Combat Virtual Crimes

The growing rate of crime in Web3.0 and Metaverse has sparked concerns within both financial and security regulators worldwide. Now, the International Criminal Police Organization, commonly known as Interpol has introduced the first metaverse police designed for law enforcement.

This Interpol Metaverse is already fully operational with virtual police training about to commence. Introducing the Interpol Metaverse at the 90th Interpol General Assembly in New Delhi, Madan Oberoi provided an overview.

Madan Oberoi is the Executive Director of Technology and Innovation at Interpol. Remarkably, this is the first-ever Metaverse specifically designed for law enforcement worldwide. Registered users of the Metaverse bureau will be allowed a tour through the virtual version of the metaverse Interpol headquarters. 

Interpol General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France will be accessed without any geographical or physical boundaries. In light of that, users will be allowed to interact with the other officers through their avatars. Similarly, they can enroll in immersive training courses in forensic investigation and other policing capabilities.

Mr. Oberoi talked about the need to better understand the Metaverse by first experiencing it. Hence, during the interactive session at the Interpol General Assembly, some delegates successfully entered the Lyon General Secretariat headquarters. With the aid of virtual reality (VR) headsets, they were able to build their avatars and interact with other avatars. 

Interpol Uses Metaverse to Fight Virtual Crime 

Additionally, Interpol announced the creation of an Expert Group on the Metaverse. This expert group will represent the ‘concerns of law enforcement on the global stage, ensuring this new virtual world is secure by design.’ 

Furthermore, Interpol reiterated that the increase in digitization has also led to an increase in virtual crime. 

The announcement stated, “As the number of Metaverse users grows and the technology further develops, the list of possible crimes will only expand to potentially include crimes against children, data theft, money laundering, financial fraud, counterfeiting, ransomware, phishing, and sexual assault and harassment.” 

In response, the Interpol Executive Director of Technology and Innovation mentioned “By identifying these risks from the outset, we can work with stakeholders to shape the necessary governance frameworks and cut off future criminal markets before they are fully formed. Only by having these conversations now can we build an effective response.’

Meanwhile, Interpol was asked a month ago to issue a red alert on Do Kwon by the South Korean authorities. After attempting to avoid arrest for a while now, the Terraform boss is on the verge of losing his South Korean passport.

 

Victoria Nye
A Blockchain columnist who is enthusiastic about developing a network interface between the real world and the cryptosphere.

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