The Criminal Use of Information Hiding (CUING) initiative was officially launched in June 2016 with the support of Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) to tackle the problem of criminal exploitation of information hiding techniques by working jointly with and combining the experiences of experts from academia, industry, law enforcement agencies and institutions.
The main objectives of CUING are to:
- Raise Awareness: inform about the threat that information hiding techniques can pose. Increase sensitivity to cybercriminals' information hiding potential exploitation e.g. in companies. Emphasize e.g. how forensic investigations could be impacted and how significantly harder they are when such techniques are utilized.
- Track Progress: monitor sophistication and complexity of information hiding techniques found in the wild used by cybercriminals, terrorists and spies.
- Share Strategic Threat Intelligence: bring together security professionals from institutions, academics and industry to distribute information and share experience from different angles (security professionals, academics, law enforcement, companies, institutions etc.).
- Work Jointly: cooperate and benefit from joint potentials to develop effective countermeasures and integrate it on a global scale (or at least EU level).
- Educate & Train: make law enforcement agencies, companies, institutions, individuals etc. ready and fully prepared to react to potential cybercriminals' information hiding exploitation.