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Press Release: How a Criminal Network made a Fortune through the Fraudulent use of Counterfeit Fuel and Credit Cards

On 6 May, 24 suspects have been arrested in Spain by the Spanish National Police and the Guardia Civil in an international operation involving Spain and France and supported by Europol. The organised crime group was specialised in using counterfeiting fuel and credit/debit cards to avoid paying toll fees and in selling these cards to truck drivers and hauling companies.

Press Release: More than 900 instances of online terrorist propaganda uncovered

On 14 and 15 March 2018 Europol’s European Union Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) took part in two Referral Action Days with colleagues from the national referral units of Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Slovenia and the United Kingdom, targeting terrorist content located on, a blogging service, and VideoPress, a video-hosting service for WordPress sites. The intensive referral campaign identified over 900 items of branded terrorist propaganda that were swiftly flagged to the platform moderators for further review and eventual removal.

Press Release: Prolific cybercriminal suspected of spreading ransomware arrested by Polish police

This week, the Polish Police, in close cooperation with the Belgian Federal Police and Europol, has arrested a Polish national, known online as “Armaged0n”, who is suspected of having encrypted several thousands of computers and having committed a series of online attacks on various Polish companies between 2013 and 2018. The detainee will have to answer to 181 charges in court, including money laundering and computer fraud.

Press Release: Over 41 000 artefacts seized in global operation targeting the illicit trafficking of cultural goods

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Press Release: No More Ransom update: Belgian federal police releases free decryption keys for the Cryakl ransomware

The Belgian Federal Police is releasing free decryption keys for the Cryakl ransomware today, after working in close cooperation with Kaspersky Lab. The keys were obtained during an ongoing investigation; by sharing the keys with No More Ransom the Belgian Federal Police becomes a new associated partner of the project – the second law enforcement agency after the Dutch National Police.

Press Release: Safer Internet Day

The Safer Internet Day (SID) is a global movement celebrated in over 130 countries each year. Its aim is to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology, especially among children and young people, and to call each stakeholder to play their part in creating a better internet for all. Each year on this day, millions of people unite to inspire positive change, and Europol is proud to join the cause. In 2018, we are supporting its theme: “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you” by sharing our tips and advice on online safety, a reminder for all, but especially for the youngest among us, on responsible and careful online behaviour.

Press Release: International crackdown on anti-spyware malware

A hacking tool allowing cybercriminals to remotely and surreptitiously gain complete control over a victim’s computer is no longer available as a result of an UK-led operation targeting hackers linked to the Remote Access Trojan (RAT) Luminosity Link. Coordinated by the UK National Crime Agency with the support of Europol, this operation saw the involvement of over a dozen law enforcement agencies in Europe, Australia and North America.

Press Release: Data Protection Day: It’s time to establish the data protection order it takes in order to be successful in the digital age

For a law enforcement agency to be praised for the quality of its data protection principles and practice is really saying something. Being seen as a champion of people’s privacy rights is not the norm for those in the police and intelligence world, to say the least! But at Europol, that’s what I have been consistently hearing over recent years from great bastions of data protection interests such as Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor, members of the European Parliament and senior representatives from the NGO, Statewatch.

Press Release: Law enforcement and private sector join forces to shut down illegal streaming network

On 11 January 2018, a crime group suspected of hosting a large-scale illegal IPTV streaming business has been dismantled. The investigations were led by the Cypriot Police – Intellectual Property Crime Unit, with the support of the Cybercrime Division of the Greek Police, the Dutch Fiscal Investigative and Intelligence Service (FIOD), the Cybercrime Unit of the Bulgarian Police, Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC³) and with the support of members of the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA). In total, four individuals have been arrested and 17 houses searches have been carried out in Cyprus, Bulgaria and Greece.

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