Interpol says it will now probe crime in metaverse too: Report

February 8, 2023

By Anjali Kochhar

Global police agency Interpol is now investigating how it can probe crime occurring in the Metaverse. According to author Neal Stephenson, a Metaverse is an all-encompassing digital world that exists parallel to the real world.

According to a BBC report, Interpol has built its own virtual reality space to help users train and attend virtual meetings. Interpol secretary general Jurgen Stock said it was really important for the agency to not be left behind as the criminals are sophisticated and professional, quickly adapting to any new technological tool available to commit a crime.

The new virtual reality space only accessed through secure servers helps police officers to experience Metaverse, giving them an idea of what crimes could take place and how they could be handled.

Talking about crimes that could take place in Metaverse, Interpol’s innovation and technology director Dr Madan Oberoi told BBC there had been cases of sexual harassment in the digital world. But, he also said that it is challenging to apply the definition of crimes in physical space in Metaverse.

Further, Oberoi said that among the big challenges faced by Interpol was awareness of the problems. He said that if law enforcement agencies want to help people hurt in the Metaverse, they should first learn about it.

The Interpol secretary general said the global police agency will be critical in probing Metaverse crimes in the future. He added that cybercrime is international by nature as almost all of the cases have an international dimension.

About the author

Anjali Kochhar covers cryptocurrency stories in India as well as globally. Having been in the field of media and journalism for over three years now, she has developed a sharp news sense and works hard to present information that goes beyond the obvious. She is an avid reader and loves writing on a wide range of subjects.

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