Interpol warns that child safety could be a major problem in the metaverse and could also open a whole new world of crime.
Interpol Warns That Child Safety Could Be a Major Problem in the Metaverse
A new warning from Interpol has warned that the metaverse could not just be used to facilitate crime in the physical realm alone but it could also be used for many other forms of cybercrime.
Interpol’s executive director for technology and innovation, Madan Oberoi, recently explained that member countries and nations are increasingly growing concerned in regard to possible metaverse crime and also are coming up with possible remedies already.
He said that there are many ways the metaverse could be used for criminal activities. He said: “Some of the crimes may be new to this medium, some of the existing crimes will be enabled by the medium and taken to a new level.”
Phishing to Evolve With the Metaverse
One of the most well-known fraud methods, phishing could now take a whole different turn when virtual reality and augmented reality are thrown into the mix, Oberoi stated. And what’s more, the issue and topic of child safety cannot be understated.
There are also other ways in which threat actors could use virtual realities to plan out and practice future physical attacks: “If terror group wants to attack a physical space they may use this space to plan and simulate and launch their exercises before attacking.”
Plenty of games already come with map-making ability, and with virtual reality in the mix, criminals could easily be able to explore specific locations with crazy real details.
Europe’s Interpol Counterpart says it’s On the Path to Tackle Future Crime
Europe’s Interpol counterpart, Europol, has said that it is also on the path to tackle future crime and that recently it warned that if the metaverse makes use of Blockchain technology in recording user transactions, it might be very much possible to “follow everything someone does base on one interaction with them – providing valuable information for stalkers or extortionists.”
Blockchain which is the technology that underlines bitcoin and many other Cryptocurrencies stores data in a decentralized ledger which then makes it immutable and also incorruptible.