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Press Release: Record seizures hit synthetic drugs during the large-scale Joint Action Days 2019

Between 16 and 20 September and on the 25 September, Europol coordinated the EMPACT large-scale Joint Action Days 2019. The actions targeted synthetic drugs and new psychoactive substances and, human trafficking, migrant smuggling, document fraud and environmental crime and involved law enforcement authorities from EU Member States, third-party countries and EU bodies.

Press Release: Cybercrime is becoming bolder with data at the centre of the crime scene

Europol’s 2019 cybercrime report provides insights into emerging threats and key developments.

Cybercrime is continuing to mature and becoming more and more bold, shifting its focus to larger and more profitable targets as well as new technologies. Data is the key element in cybercrime, both from a crime and an investigate perspective.

Press Release: Alexa, are you ready to support police investigations?

The third edition of the EDEN Conference on Data Protection in Law Enforcement kicked off on 19 September in Copenhagen. The two-day event, Paradise lost? Policing in the age of data protection was organised by the Danish National Police (Dansk Politi), the Europol Data Protection Experts Network (EDEN) and the Academy of European Law (ERA).

Press Release: Tabletop exercise at Europol on terrorist content dissemination online

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.

Press Release: 40 arrested in Spain and France for international vehicle theft and trafficking

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.

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

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Press Release: Illegal tobacco factory producing 2000 cigarettes a minute dismantled

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. Officers from the Bulgarian Combating Organized Crime General Directorate, State Agency National Security and Customs Agency with the direction of the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office took part in the investigation, in which the tobacco factory, where the criminals carried out their illegal activities, was dismantled.

Press Release: Tirana Hosts Europol’s first liaison office in the Western Balkans

Europol’s new liaison bureau in Tirana (Albania) was officially opened on 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.

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

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.

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

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.

Press Release: End of Broadcast for IPTV criminal network

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).

Press Release: Fourth Decryption Tool Neutralises Latest Version of GandCrab Ransomware

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.

The tool is released in partnership with law enforcement agencies from Austria (Bundeskriminalambt – BMI), Belgium (Federal Computer Crime Unit), Bulgaria (General Directorate Combating Organized Crime – Cybercrime Department), France (Police Judiciaire de Paris – Befti), the Netherlands (High Tech Crime Unit), Romania (DIICOT), the United Kingdom (NCA and Metropolitan Police), the United States (FBI) and Europol and its Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT), together with the private partner Bitdefender.

Press release: Cryptocurrency Experts Meet at Europol to Strengthen Ties Between Law Enforcement and Private Sector

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.

Press release: Europol and NTT Security team up to improve cybersecurity

On 13 June, 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.

Event: Europol Intellectual Property Crime Conference on Adaptive Enforcement Initiatives against New IP Crime Trends (Malaga, Spain, 18 – 19 June 2019)

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

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.

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