Interpol created the global police metaverse to train their members in policing in a virtual world. Last week, Interpol introduced what they say is “the first Metaverse purpose-built for law enforcement worldwide.” The “Interpol Metaverse” gives agents around the world the ability to exchange knowledge across borders through avatars and train in forensics and other law enforcement activities. Interpol has also created an expert group on the Metaverse to represent law enforcement concerns about the new virtual world. “Criminals have already started exploiting the Metaverse,” Interpol warned.
“As the number of Metaverse users grows and technology advances, the list of potential crimes grows and may include crimes against children, data theft, money laundering, financial fraud, counterfeiting, ransomware, phishing and assault and harassment,” the statement said. declaration. . “Some of these threats are likely to pose significant challenges to law enforcement, as not all actions considered criminal in the physical world are considered crimes in the virtual world,” the warning read.
Promising opportunities for criminals
The metaverse is still in its infancy, but big tech companies are already trying to be a part of it with VR headsets, software, content, and environments. In addition to games and social networks, it offers promising opportunities for virtual business conferences, design and testing processes, retail and – like the Internet in general – crime. Gartner predicts that by 2027, 40% of large enterprises will use a combination of web3 and AR in projects running in the Metaverse.
“The Metaverse has the potential to transform every aspect of our daily lives, with huge implications for law enforcement,” said Madan Oberoi, Interpol’s executive director of technology and innovation. “But for the police to understand the Metaverse, we have to experience it.” Criminals are also starting to use the Metaverse, according to Interpol. The organization released its Global Crime Trend Report last week, which found that 70% of law enforcement in the 195 member states expect ransomware and phishing attacks to increase over the next three to five years.
support crime prevention
Law enforcement agencies are also concerned about financial crime as a service, such as B. digital money laundering tools, but also business email compromise, CEO identity fraud, e-commerce fraud, and investment fraud. “For many, the Metaverse may seem like heralding an abstract future, but the questions it raises are the ones that have always motivated Interpol – helping our member states fight crime and make the world, virtual or not, accessible to all who live in it. their lives safer,” said Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock.