Blog Post By Roberto Viola.
The Spanish Guardia Civil and the Austrian Federal Police, supported by Europol, have dismantled a criminal network producing and distributing synthetic drugs worldwide, known as new psychoactive substances (NPS), on the Darknet. The criminal group was also involved in money laundering their share of the profits by selling cryptocurrencies, mainly Bitcoins. More than EUR 4 500 000 in Bitcoins, IOTA and lumen was seized by law enforcement authorities.
Today, the winners of EU Blockathon 2018 were announced. The event was the first hackathon dedicated to developing blockchain-based solutions to fight against counterfeiting.
Three in-depth analysis studies requested by EP ECON Committee regarding virtual currencies have now been published.
Romania is joining the European Blockchain Partnership, the Declaration of Cooperation on Artificial Intelligence, and the Innovation Radar, while Spain is also becoming a member of the Innovation Radar.
Some 96 % of young people (and 70 % of citizens) in Europe use the internet every day. The young communicate, play, shop, learn and work online. While offering a galaxy of opportunities, the digital environment also has a dark side. Cybercrime knows no borders and cyber-attacks can take on various forms, targeting all kinds of things, ranging from our devices and wallets, to our way of life. How can we make our digital society more resilient and our cybersecurity stronger? How does the EU help us reinforce our cyber-preparedness and response?