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Aujourd’hui — 20 septembre 2019Europol

11 arrested in child abuse network crackdown in Georgia

Par CorpComm_MG
Law enforcement and judicial authorities from Australia, Georgia and the USA, supported by Europol, dismantled an organised criminal network involved in the production and distribution of child sexual exploitation material. 
  • 20 septembre 2019 à 15:15
Hier — 19 septembre 2019Europol

FS-ISAC and Europol Partner to Combat Cross-Border Cybercrime

Par CorpComm_MG
The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) today announced a partnership to combat cybercrime within the European financial services sector. The purpose of the MOU will be to facilitate and enhance the law enforcement response to financially motivated cybercriminals targeting banks and other financial institutions through a symbiotic intelligence-sharing network.
  • 19 septembre 2019 à 10:34
À partir d’avant-hierEuropol

Trash worth millions of euros

Par CorpComm_MG
It's well known there's always two sides of a story, if not more, but we all agree that waste management is an important issue as waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment. On the top of that, as a business worth billions of euros, waste management has given criminal networks the opportunity to diversify their activities and infiltrate the economy. The large quantity of waste left over from industry production processes in Europe is feeding a growing demand for waste disposal services.
  • 18 septembre 2019 à 16:14

29 arrests in France and Spain in a migrant smuggling case

Par CorpComm_SL
The Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional) and the French National Police (Police Nationale), supported by Europol, dismantled a large poly-criminal network involved in migrant smuggling, trafficking of human beings and drug trafficking. 
  • 17 septembre 2019 à 09:54

Tabletop Exercise at Europol on Terrorist Content Dissemination Online

Par CorpComm_SL
On 11 September, the EU Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) organised a tabletop exercise with EU Member States’ law enforcement authorities, third countries and online service providers (OSPs) at Europol’s headquarters, in The Hague, under the umbrella of the European Commission-led EU Internet Forum. 
  • 16 septembre 2019 à 10:26

Operational Centre at Europol: 30 countries team up to combat crime in the Western Balkans

Par CorpComm_SL
The Joint Action Day (JAD) Western Balkans 2019 is an international operation, involving 6 758 law enforcement officers: 6 708 officers on the ground and 50 officers in the Operational Centre at Europol’s headquarters.
  • 9 septembre 2019 à 16:05

Europe’s second-largest counterfeit currency network on the dark web taken down in Portugal

Par CorpComm_SL
The Portuguese Judicial Police (Polícia Judiciária) dismantled Europe’s second-largest counterfeit currency network on the dark web with Europol’s support. Five individuals have been arrested and are accused of counterfeiting and organised crime. Counterfeit banknotes were seized across Europe, notably in France, Germany, Spain and Portugal, worth over € 1.3 million.
  • 9 septembre 2019 à 11:03

Europol’s Executive Director carries out first official visit to Switzerland

Par CorpComm_AS
Catherine De Bolle, Europol’s Executive Director, arrived in Bern on 29 August for her first official visit to Switzerland. In the Swiss capital, Ms De Bolle met Nicoletta della Valle, Director of the Swiss Federal Police (fedpol), Michael Matthiessen, Ambassador of the European Union to Switzerland and to the Principality of Liechtenstein and Jules Hoch, Police Chief of the Liechtenstein National Police Force.
  • 30 août 2019 à 11:21

Centenary of the Polish State Police: Europol presents exhibition with items from the past 100 years of Polish policing.

Par CorpComm_AS
On 27 August, Catherine De Bolle, Executive Director of Europol and Paulina Filipowiak, Director of the International Police Cooperation Bureau of the Polish State Police opened an exhibition to mark the centenary of the Polish State Police. Europol has enjoyed long and close cooperation with Poland. Ms De Bolle was pleased to speak at the opening of the exhibition, which features items from the past 100 years of Polish policing. 
  • 28 août 2019 à 16:34

70 arrests in pan-European action against child trafficking

Par CorpComm_SL
Europol supported a pan-European operation against trafficking of minors for sexual exploitation, forced begging and labour exploitation. The operation, led by the United Kingdom, involved law enforcement authorities from 15 EU member states, Iceland and Switzerland*.
  • 9 août 2019 à 09:56

40 arrested in Spain and France for international vehicle theft and trafficking

Par CorpComm_AS
Europol has supported the Spanish Guardia Civil and the French Gendarmerie Nationale to dismantle an organised crime group involved in the stealing of vehicles. 40 individuals were arrested in connection to this case (32 in Spain, 8 in France) and 118 stolen vehicles were recovered, the sale of which would have brought over € 4 500 000 to this criminal organisation.
  • 8 août 2019 à 13:45

13 arrested in Lithuania in €1 million car parts theft ring

Par CorpComm_SL
An organised crime network originating from Lithuania and specialised in the theft of car parts has been dismantled this week by the German Police of Heilbronn, together with the support of Europol, the Belgian Federal Judicial Police of Halle-Vilvoorde and Lithuanian Police in Panevėžys. The dismantlement of the group has been carried out through six phases, the last one carried out on 30 July in Panevėžys, Lithuania. In the course of this operation €400 000 of stolen items have been recovered and 13 members of the organised crime group arrested. 
  • 8 août 2019 à 11:37

Suspect arrested in Greece for large-scale document forgery

Par CorpComm_SL
With the support of Europol, a 50-year old individual was arrested in Greece for large-scale forgery of documents and facilitating illegal immigration.  During the action day on 11 July, the Greek law enforcement authorities raided the printshop in Ilioupoli and seized over 3 200 pages of altered or falsified passports, 198 passports, 172 ID cards, 90 driving licences and a number of residence permits, alongside all the equipment necessary for the document forgery (paper laminating and cutting devices, ink, etc.)
  • 7 août 2019 à 14:18

Over 18 000 items seized and 59 arrests made in operation targeting cultural goods

Par CorpComm_AS
Customs and other law enforcement authorities from 29 countries, coordinated by the Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil) and supported by Europol, INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization (WCO), have joined forces against the trafficking of cultural goods. During operation Pandora III, law enforcement authorities assigned thousands of Police and Customs officers to focus on online market and key hot spots, with the aim of disrupting the activities of criminal groups involved in this form of trafficking.
  • 29 juillet 2019 à 09:51

No More Ransom: 108 million reasons to celebrate its third anniversary

Par CorpComm_SL
Today marks the third anniversary of the No More Ransom, initiative that has helped more than 200 000 victims of ransomware recover their files free of charge since it was first launched in July 2016. With visitors from 188 countries, the project has become a one-stop shop for the victims of ransomware, registering already over 3 million individual visits in its short life span.
  • 26 juillet 2019 à 10:25

Balkan cartel trafficking cocaine around the globe in private planes busted

Par CorpComm_SL
Law enforcement agencies from across the globe teamed up against a Balkan organised criminal network suspected of large-scale cocaine trafficking from South America to Europe using private planes. The investigation was launched and led by the Croatian Police (Policijski nacionalni ured za suzbijanje korupcije i organiziranog kriminala) and the Croatian Special Prosecutors’ Office for Suppression of Corruption and Organised Crime in early 2018. It also involved authorities from Czechia, Serbia and Slovenia.
  • 25 juillet 2019 à 13:34

Focus on CEO Fraud

Par CorpComm_SL
Europol is committed to tackling economic and financial crime. CEO fraud, also known as Business Compromise Fraud (BEC), appeared in Europe in 2012/2013 after carrousel fraudsters on carbon credits changed their fraudulent operations. CEO fraud in Europe was first detected in France, Belgium and Luxembourg. In the beginning, most cases of fraud were committed in French language and Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) were operating from outside the EU.
  • 22 juillet 2019 à 11:14

Smuggling network creating look-alikes busted in Greece

Par CorpComm_SL
On 15 and 16 July 2019, the Hellenic Police, supported by Europol, dismantled an organised criminal group (OCG) smuggling migrants from Turkey to Greece and facilitating their secondary movements to other EU Member States.
  • 19 juillet 2019 à 15:51

Do criminals dream of electric sheep? How technology shapes the future of crime and law enforcement

Par CorpComm_SL
The advent of so-called disruptive technologies – those that fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another – provides criminals with new ways to pursue their illegal goals, but also equips law enforcement with powerful tools in the fight against crime. To remain relevant and effective, it is necessary for law enforcement authorities to invest in understanding and actively pursuing new, innovative solutions. Europol has published today a report, which will serve as a basis for future discussions between Europol, EU law enforcement and their stakeholders.
  • 18 juillet 2019 à 12:00

Numerous weapons confiscated during the EU-coordinated Joint Operation "ORION"

Par CorpComm_SL
Some 300 pieces small arms, almost 1,500 pieces of light weapons, more than 140,000 pieces ammunition and over 200 kg explosives were seized by the Moldovan and Ukrainian law enforcement agencies during a Joint Operation (JO) codenamed “ORION”, coordinated by the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) in cooperation with the European Law Enforcement Agency (Europol).
  • 17 juillet 2019 à 16:01

Europol organises fifth edition of training course on payment card fraud

Par CorpComm_SL
Today took place the closing ceremony of the 5th edition of the Europol Training Course on Payment Card Fraud Forensics and Investigations, hosted by the Spanish National Police Academy in Avila, Spain. More than 250 international students have attended this Programme since its first edition in 2015.
  • 12 juillet 2019 à 10:29

Illegal tobacco factory producing 2 000 cigarettes a minute dismantled

Par CorpComm_SL
A joint operation between the Bulgarian National Police (Национална Полиция) and National Customs Agency (Агенция Митници), the Moldovan Police and the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, with Europol’s coordination, has seen the arrest of 12 individuals involved in the illicit trade of tobacco.
  • 11 juillet 2019 à 16:18

Tirana hosts Europol’s first liaison office in the Western Balkans

Par CorpComm_SL
Europol’s new liaison bureau in Tirana (Albania) was officially opened today, 11 July 2019, in the presence of the General Director of the Albanian State Police, Ardi Veliu, EU Ambassador to Albania, Luigi Soreca, and Europol Executive Director, Catherine De Bolle. Albania is the first country in the Western Balkans to host a Europol liaison office and this opening highlights the importance of Albania and the Western Balkans as partners for Europol and the EU.
  • 11 juillet 2019 à 13:46

Parallel investigations bring down sexual exploitation network and freeze criminal profits in 12 counties

Par CorpComm_AS
Operation Webmaster targeted a Finnish organised criminal group involved in human trafficking for sexual exploitation and money laundering. The joint operation led to six arrests, 16 website shutdowns and multiple seizures of cash and luxury goods. Following the action day on 26 March 2019, the suspects’ bank accounts in 12 different countries were frozen. With support from Europol and Eurojust, the Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional) joined forces with national authorities from 14* other countries to bring down the trafficking ring.
  • 10 juillet 2019 à 11:25

Finnish presidency activities on internal security kick off with informal COSI meeting at Europol

Par CorpComm_SL
The informal meeting of the Council’s Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security (COSI) at Europol today marks the start of internal security-related activities of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. This is the first time an informal COSI meeting has been co-hosted by an EU agency, which also honours the 20th anniversary of Europol.
  • 8 juillet 2019 à 13:43

Keeping sport safe and fair: 3.8 million doping substances and fake medicines seized worldwide

Par CorpComm_AS
Thirty-three countries*, INTERPOL, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) joined forces in the Europol-coordinated operation Viribus for a massive crackdown on the trafficking of doping materials and counterfeit medicines.
  • 5 juillet 2019 à 16:07

Making cooperation even easier with Financial Intelligence Units

Par CorpComm_AS
Over 100 representatives from 46 Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) visited Europol today on the margins of the Egmont Group Plenary meeting in The Hague. The financial crime experts were presented with some of the core activities of Europol.
  • 5 juillet 2019 à 14:32

Setting the scene for cybercrime: trends and new challenges

Par CorpComm_AS
The level of digitalisation in our societies is increasing every day and so is cybercrime. This situation requires law enforcement and prosecution practitioners to constantly adapt their expertise, tools and practices to effectively and efficiently respond to this change.
  • 5 juillet 2019 à 09:24

New task force at Europol to target the most dangerous criminal groups involved in human trafficking and migrant smuggling

Par CorpComm_AS
On 2 July, the Joint Liaison Task Force Migrant Smuggling and Trafficking in Human Beings (JLT-MS) was launched at Europol. This new operational platform will allow liaison officers from all EU Member States to step up the fight against constantly adapting criminal networks.
  • 2 juillet 2019 à 09:22

The threat from terrorism in the EU became more complex in 2018

Par CorpComm_AS
In 2018, terrorism continued to represent a major security threat in EU Member States. Horrific attacks killed thirteen people and injured many more. A stark increase in the number of arrests linked to right-wing extremism, although still relatively low, indicates that extremists of diverging orientation increasingly consider violence as a justified means of confrontation. Compared to 2017, the number of attacks and victims in the EU dropped significantly. However, the number of disrupted jihadist terrorist plots increased substantially.
  • 27 juin 2019 à 09:09

Operation Goldfinger tackles crime group from the Western Balkans

Par CorpComm_AS
Today, the Copenhagen Special Investigation Unit of the Danish Police (Dansk Politi), arrested 31 individuals of a large, poly-criminal organisation, which smuggled, sold and distributed firearms and drugs throughout the EU. They are charged with the smuggling and distribution of 1.650 kg of cocaine. The Danish Police searched houses in 40 locations and huge amounts of narcotics, firearms and cash were found. The investigation was carried out in cooperation with law enforcement organisations from Germany, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden as well as Albania.
  • 26 juin 2019 à 16:38

Book thieves - 15 suspects arrested in Romania and the United Kingdom

Par CorpComm_AS
On 25 June, the Romanian National Police, British Metropolitan Police and Italian Carabinieri, with the support of Europol and Eurojust, disrupted a criminal organisation involved in organised thefts and trafficking in cultural goods.
  • 26 juin 2019 à 15:11

6 arrested in the UK and Netherlands in €24 million cryptocurrency theft

Par CorpComm_SL
Today, the UK’s South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit (SW RCCU) in a joint operation with the Dutch police (Politie), Europol, Eurojust and the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has arrested 6 individuals after a 14-month long investigation into a €24 million cryptocurrency theft.
  • 25 juin 2019 à 17:24

15 arrested in France and Belgium for cigarette smuggling

Par CorpComm_AG
On 18 June 209, the French Judicial Police (Police Judiciaire), with the support of the Belgian Federal Judicial Police (Police Judiciaire Fédérale) and Europol, swooped on the members of a Russian-speaking organised crime group behind an illegal cigarette smuggling business. As a result of this action day, 15 individuals were arrested, including the ringleaders, and 2 million cigarettes were seized.
  • 21 juin 2019 à 15:58

Over €100 million worth of fake food and drinks seized in latest Europol-INTERPOL operation

Par CorpComm_AG
More than €100 million worth of potentially dangerous food and drinks was seized in the latest Operation OPSON, coordinated by Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition and INTERPOL. 672 individuals were arrested so far, with investigations ongoing in many countries. Police, customs, national food regulatory authorities and private sector partners across 78 countries* took part in the five-month OPSON VIII operation which ran from December 2018 through April 2019.
  • 21 juin 2019 à 12:03

The EC3 Advisory Groups – Law Enforcement and Private Sector Meetings to Discuss Latest Cybercrime Threats and Challenges

Par CorpComm_AG
Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) continues to strengthen its work with the private sector in the joint fight against cybercrime. This week, EC3’s three industry Advisory Groups met at Europol in The Hague to discuss the latest cyber-related threats and trends, including 5G, new forms of online payments, and attacks against critical infrastructure. The goal of the Advisory Groups is to provide a forum for law enforcement and the private sector to cooperate on cybercrime-related threats and challenges, fostering collaboration on both a strategic and operational level.
  • 21 juin 2019 à 10:33

Counter-terrorist operation: Spanish National Police disrupts criminal organisation which financed Al Qaeda

Par CorpComm_AS
On Tuesday 18 June, the Spanish National Police (Policia Nacional) disrupted a criminal organisation which was financing Al Qaeda terrorist militias. The complex operation was carried out in the Spanish cities of Madrid, Valencia and Toledo. Ten individuals were arrested,  and 14 house and premises searches were carried out, involving more than 350 police officers.
  • 19 juin 2019 à 16:01

Eurojust and Europol help identify terrorist group

Par CorpComm_NS
The Belgian judicial authorities, in effective cooperation with Eurojust and Europol, targeted a terrorist group involved in the recruitment and training of Kurdish terrorist fighters. Two suspects were apprehended by the Belgian authorities for hearings, following a number of houses searches, conducted simultaneously in 5 countries. 
  • 18 juin 2019 à 17:58

Operation Silver Axe strikes for the fourth time seizing over 550 tonnes of illegal pesticides

Par CorpComm_AS
A new milestone for one of Europol’s annual operations, supported by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and involving nearly 30 countries. Operation Silver Axe began in 2012 to target the illegal trade of pesticides. Since its launch, 1222 tonnes of illegal and fake counterfeit products have been seized. In 2019, 550 tonnes of goods have been confiscated in Europe and three individuals arrested.
  • 17 juin 2019 à 12:28

Colombian authorities seize over 19 tons of cocaine in operation Tayrona

Par CorpComm_AS
Colombia and Europol co-led operation Tayrona, a transnational operation targeting the trafficking of cocaine and firearms between America and the EU. During the operation, law enforcement conducted over 75 investigations and
  • 17 juin 2019 à 17:19

End of Broadcast for IPTV criminal network

Par CorpComm_AS
Under the supervision of the Bulgarian Supreme Prosecutor’s Office of Cassation, police officers from the Bulgarian Cybercrime Department from the General Directorate Combating Organized Crime of the Ministry of Interior carried out a joint action against five cable operators in Bulgaria (in the cities of Burgas, Kardzhali, Blagoevgrad, Dupnitsa, Kyustendil, Gotse Delchev, Sandanski and Petrich). The operation was supported by Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition – IPC3 and the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA).  
  • 17 juin 2019 à 15:46

Arrested: organised crime group smuggled 308 migrants to the UK

Par CorpComm_AS
French and Romanian authorities arrested 11 members of an organised crime group (OCG) involved in the smuggling of 308 migrants to the UK in a joint action day. Eighteen house searches were carried out in Romania, where firearms and around €480 000 in cash were seized during the searches. The operation was supported by Europol and Eurojust. Europol’s European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) supported this investigation by providing analysis of operational data and hosting an operational meeting prior to the arrest phase.
  • 17 juin 2019 à 15:18

13 arrested for sexual exploitation of young women in French-Romanian operation

Par CorpComm_AS
A large-scale joint investigation, led by the French Gendarmerie Nationale in cooperation with the Romanian DIICOT (Directorate for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism), and supported by Europol and Eurojust, has resulted in the dismantlement of an international organised crime group involved in trafficking young Romanian women to France for the purpose of sexual exploitation. As a result of this investigation, 13 individuals were arrested, including the suspected ring leader, and 13 victims of sexual exploitation safeguarded.
  • 17 juin 2019 à 14:47

Just released: fourth decryption tool neutralises latest version of GandCrab ransomware

Par CorpComm_AS
On 17 June, a new decryption tool for the latest version of the most prolific ransomware family GandCrab has been released free of charge on This tool allows victims of ransomware to regain access to their information encrypted by hackers, without having to pay demanded ransoms.
  • 17 juin 2019 à 10:36

Physical attacks on cash machines: why an armour isn’t enough

Par CorpComm_AS
Whether it is explosive gas attacks, the use of cutting tools to breach the automated teller machine (ATM) or ram attacks that aim to physical remove the entire ATM, criminals are willing to use extreme measures to capture the prized loot. According to the latest figures from the European Association for Secure Transactions, reporting countries saw a 27% increase in ATM physical attacks in 2018, costing the economy over €36 million in Europe in 2018 alone.
  • 17 juin 2019 à 09:35

Europol and NTT Security team up to improve cybersecurity

Par CorpComm_AS
Yesterday, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NTT Security, one of the world's leading providers of IT security solutions. The MoU was signed by Kai Grunwitz, Senior Vice President EMEA & Global Business Development at NTT Security and the Head of EC3, Steven Wilson, at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague. With this agreement, the two organisations are combining their efforts to make cyberspace safer for individuals, businesses, and governments and prevent cybercrime.
  • 14 juin 2019 à 14:21

Suffering and hardship as stepping-stones to paradise

Par CorpComm_JASM
New research by Europol’s European Counter Terrorism Centre reveals the terrorist organisation’s efforts to attract women to their cause. Women became indispensable to the so-called Islamic State (IS), both in conflict areas and in the West. They played their role in the organisation’s state-building enterprise and were granted more proactive roles on the battlefields. This increase in the involvement of women could pave the way for potentially different roles of jihadi women in the future.
  • 14 juin 2019 à 10:53

Cryptocurrency experts meet at Europol to strengthen ties between law enforcement and private sector

Par CorpComm_AS
Over 300 cryptocurrency experts from both law enforcement and the private sector attended the sixth Cryptocurrency Conference hosted at Europol’s headquarters from 12 to 14 June 2019. The event, organised by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), is the largest law enforcement cryptocurrency event in Europe. The conference looked at opportunities for closer cooperation and new partnerships to prevent and detect cryptocurrency-facilitated crime and to assist asset recovery.
  • 14 juin 2019 à 09:03

Counterfeit crackdown hits two organised criminal groups with more than 30 suspects arrested

Par CorpComm_JASM
More than 4.7 million counterfeit products seized, over 16 400 social media accounts suspended and 3 300 websites closed in the EU-wide operation Aphrodite II against trafficking of counterfeit goods.
  • 13 juin 2019 à 09:35

Europol signs Working Arrangement and Memorandum of Understanding with New Zealand

Par CorpComm_NS
The Commissioner of the New Zealand Police,  Mike Bush and Europol’s Executive Director, Catherine De Bolle, have signed a Working Arrangement and Memorandum of Understanding. The Memorandum of Understanding signed yesterday in The Hague will allow the New Zealand Police to  deploy a permanent liaison officer to Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands. The system of liaison officers at Europol ensures that the interests of law enforcement agencies in the EU Member States and non-EU partners, such as New Zealand, are represented at Europol.
  • 12 juin 2019 à 09:34