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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 www.nomoreransom.org. 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

New threat assessment confirms links between counterfeiting and organised crime in the EU

Par CorpComm_AS
Most criminal activity involving counterfeiting is carried out by increasingly professionalised organised crime networks, which can reap large profits while running relatively few risks. That is according to the first EU-wide intellectual property crime threat assessment from Europol and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
  • 11 juin 2019 à 10:46

Europol and Frontex Sign New Joint Action Plan

Par CorpComm_JASM
Today, the Executive Directors of Europol and Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, have signed a new joint Action Plan that will guide their cooperation in the coming years to strengthen their common efforts in enhancing the security of EU citizens.
  • 7 juin 2019 à 10:21

18 arrested in the UK and Romania for €20 million fake train ticket scam

Par CorpComm_AS
In the early hours of this morning, an organised crime group involved in railway card fraud was taken down through a joint action by the British and Romanian authorities. Europol assisted the operation on the spot by deploying a mobile office to Romania during the action day. Eurojust supported the national criminal investigations by setting up a joint investigation team (JIT) between the United Kingdom and Romania, which was provided with substantial funding.
  • 6 juin 2019 à 14:31

8 suspects arrested and 20 victims saved from human trafficking for sexual exploitation

Par CorpComm_AG
On 4 June, the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras), supported by Europol, arrested eight suspected members of an international organised criminal group trafficking human beings for sexual exploitation. The Portuguese authorities arrested eight suspects in the Aveiro area, Albergaria-a-Velha, Ílhavo and Gafanha da Nazaré. During the operation, 20 women were identified as victims of sexual exploitation.
  • 5 juin 2019 à 18:03

Illegal cigarette factory dismantled: 25 million cigarettes and 10 tonnes of tobacco seized

Par CorpComm_NS
On 4 June, the Belgian Customs and Excise Administration (Administration générale des Douanes et Accises) dismantled a large criminal network in an operation supported by the Belgium Federal Police (Police Fédérale belge) and Europol. The criminals illegally produced cigarettes in the surroundings of the Belgian cities of Namur and Charleroi. 
  • 4 juin 2019 à 17:41

Europol supports UK authorities during Hells Angels Euro Run 2019

Par CorpComm_AS
Europol supported police officers in south-east England during the Hells Angels Euro Run 2019, which was held at a private venue on the border of East Surrey and West Sussex to mark 50 years of the Hells Angels in the UK. The event attracted around 3 000 Hells Angels members from all over the world.
  • 4 juin 2019 à 14:54

Global action against wildlife crime: 4 400 reptiles saved from criminal hands

Par CorpComm_AS
An international operation against the illegal trade in reptiles has seen hundreds of seizures and 12 arrests in the EU. Europol coordinated information sharing between EU members States which led to the identification of almost 200 suspects worldwide.
  • 3 juin 2019 à 09:35

Spanish police investigate alleged match-fixing in Spanish football’s top flight

Par CorpComm_NS
Yesterday, the Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional) searched eight houses in six provinces across Spain in connection with match-fixing, money laundering and criminal gangs. Spanish law enforcement officers arrested eleven people, including current and retired football players and senior club figures. In addition, € 100 000 in cash was seized.
  • 29 mai 2019 à 17:10

3 arrested in France for looting the archives of libraries throughout Europe

Par CorpComm_AS
With the support of Europol, the French National Police (OCBC - National Unit in charge of Cultural goods trafficking) and the Spanish Guardia Civil (UCO) have dismantled an organised crime group suspected of stealing maps in the archival collections of libraries throughout Europe. On 20 May, 6 properties were searched simultaneously in France and Spain and 3 suspects arrested. 3 vehicles and €6 000 in cash have also been seized.
  • 29 mai 2019 à 12:54

9 arrested and $100 000 of heroin substitute pills seized with support of Europol and Eurojust

Par CorpComm_JASM
Law enforcement and judicial authorities from France, Poland and Ukraine, working together in a joint investigation team (JIT), took action last week against an organised crime group involved in international trafficking of a heroin substitute. Eurojust and Europol actively supported the operation that led to 9 arrests and 20 house and car searches. More than 7 200 pills of a total value of $100 000 on the Ukrainian illegal market were seized, along with cars, cash, equipment, and other valuable evidence of the criminal activities.
  • 28 mai 2019 à 16:07

Sports regulators and law enforcement authorities team up for clean sport

Par CorpComm_NS
How can we better counter the illegal trade of dangerous doping substances? Anti-doping agencies and law enforcement authorities met today in Budapest to reinforce their joint response. Europol today shared best practices with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Eurojust, national anti-doping agencies and law enforcement authorities at a workshop organised by the Hungarian National Anti-Doping Organization (HUNADO) in Budapest, the European Capital of Sport 2019.    Fair sport means fair play
  • 27 mai 2019 à 16:33

Global taskforce close to identifying three victims of child sexual abuse

Par CorpComm_NS
Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) has successfully supported efforts to identify several victims of child sexual abuse through its sixth Victim Identification Task Force (VIDTF). The efforts have led to three victims being tentatively identified: one in Europe, one in the USA and one in Russia with another investigation ongoing to identify a European victim and an offender.
  • 27 mai 2019 à 10:31

Action week against human trafficking: 323 potential victims identified, 46 suspected traffickers arrested

Par CorpComm_NS
23 EU Member States[1], Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, supported by Europol, conducted an extensive operation targeting trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation. This coordinated action, which took place between 8 and 14 April 2019, is part of the EMPACT operational action plan on trafficking in human beings for 2019.
  • 27 mai 2019 à 09:57

Over 1 600 vehicles worth €13 million used to commit robberies

Par CorpComm_JASM
The Italian Carabinieri (Arma dei Carabinieri), supported by the Munich Police Department, the Criminal Investigation Directorate of the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police (Inspectoratul General al Poliţiei Române) and the Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional) and coordinated by Europol, arrested ten individuals suspected of committing robberies across Europe with stolen vehicles. In total 261 vehicles have been physically seized so far and those remaining, –up to 1 669 – are under a judicial seizure decision.
  • 24 mai 2019 à 12:28

Multi-million euro cryptocurrency laundering service Bestmixer.io taken down

Par CorpComm_AS
Today, the Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD), in close cooperation with Europol and the authorities in Luxembourg, clamped down on one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency mixing service Bestmixer.io. Initiated back in June 2018 by the FIOD with the support of the internet security company McAfee, this investigation resulted in the seizure of six servers in the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
  • 22 mai 2019 à 16:52

Police uncover unusual vehicle tax avoidance scheme

Par CorpComm_AS
Trafficked vehicles worth €150 000 Operation Puledro began in April 2017 when law enforcement authorities found a car stolen from Poland on Spanish roads. Investigations revealed that members of a criminal ring dismantled in 2014 were operating again, this time with a new scheme to avoid paying taxes.
  • 22 mai 2019 à 08:54
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