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EU law enforcement step up efforts to protect the environment – 48 arrested for trafficking endangered species
In 2015, with the support of the European Commission within the framework of the European Union Action Plan against wildlife trafficking, Europol initiated Operation LAKE, alongside several law enforcement agencies from France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, as well as Eurojust.
Over 578 firearms and 776 pieces of ammunitions were seized as part as a joint operation targeting the illegal movement of firearms, explosives, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear material through the Ukraine/Republic of Moldova border. 5 pieces of explosives and 1 package of radioactive material were also seized at the border as part of this operation.
Europol has supported a major international operation on human trafficking led by Romania and carried out jointly with law enforcement agencies from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The operation aimed at disrupting a highly organised crime group active in trafficking young women for the purpose of sexual exploitation and money laundering.
Today sees the release of the latest situation report into counterfeiting in Europe, prepared by Europol and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). This report was presented at the IP Enforcement Summit in Berlin, an event organised by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, EUIPO and the European Commission.
The eCommerce Action 2017, a joint law enforcement operation which took place in 26 countries from 6 to 16 June 2017, resulted in the arrest of 76 professional fraudsters and members of internet based criminal networks suspected of online fraud activities. The suspects were responsible for more than 20 000 fraudulent transactions with compromised credit cards, with an estimated value exceeding EUR 5 million.
Following the successful 2014 Archimedes, 2015 Blue Amber and 2016 Ciconia Alba operations, EU Member States, E
Europol coordinates Europe-wide action to combat trafficking in human beings for labour exploitation
Europol supported a Europe-wide operation carried out by law enforcement agencies, labour inspectorates, immigration services, tax authorities and other partners targeting organised crime groups trafficking vulnerable people for the purpose of labour exploitation.
Often referred to as ‘sextortion’ or ‘webcam blackmailing’, the online coercion and extortion of children – a form of digital blackmail where sexual information or images are used to extort sexual material, sexual favours or money, has skyrocketed in the past years, but remains largely underreported. How the crime works In a report released today by Europol, it is revealed that victims as young as 7 years old are being targeted online. When targeting a minor, offenders have two main motivations:
2017 EU Terrorism Report: 142 failed, foiled and completed attacks, 1002 arrests and 142 victims died
In 2016, a total of 142 failed, foiled and completed attacks were reported by eight EU Member States. More than half (76) of them were reported by the United Kingdom. France reported 23 attacks, Italy 17, Spain 10, Greece 6, Germany 5, Belgium 4 and the Netherlands 1 attack. 142 victims died in terrorist attacks, and 379 were injured in the EU.
With the support of Europol's European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC), the Polish Border Guard delivered a serious blow to an organised criminal network involved in smuggling Middle Eastern natives from Greece to Poland and onwards to Western Europe.
International operation targets customers of counter anti-virus and crypter services: 6 arrested and 36 interviewed
Between 5 and 9 June, 6 suspects were arrested and 36 were interviewed during an internationally coordinated operation in 6 European countries. The targets are all suspected customers of a counter anti-virus platform and crypter service - two cybercriminal tools used for testing and clouding of malware samples to prevent security software solutions from recognising them as malicious.
153 individuals have been detained following the sixth Global Airport Action Days (GAAD) major international law enforcement operation targeting airline fraudsters. The individuals are suspected of flying using airline tickets purchased with stolen, compromised or fake credit card details.
A successful operation that took down an international criminal network of payment card fraudsters was carried out by Central Investigating Judge number 5, the Public Prosecution Office at the Audiencia Nacional and National Police of Spain, and the General Directorate Combating Organized Crime in Bulgaria, with the support of Eurojust and Eu
On 9 June 2017, Europol’s European Migrant Smuggling Centre, as part of the tasks emerging from the Malta Declaration and associated Implementation Plan, organised an expert meeting focusing on cooperation and information exchange in tackling migrant smuggling networks operating from source and transit countries, with a specific focus on North Africa and the Central Mediterranean rou
Launched just over a week ago, Europol’s public appeal as part of the campaign ‘Stop Child Abuse’ was a resounding success: over 10 000 contributions were received from the general public via the dedicated webpage.
An organised crime group involved in smuggling migrants from Greece to other European Union countries has been dismantled in Athens, Greece. The operation was jointly carried out by Attika Aliens Division, Europol and the UK’s National Crime Agency, following several months of investigations.
On 6 June 2017, the www.nomoreransom.org project was awarded with The 2017 SC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award at a ceremony held in London. The award honours the achievements of organizations in making a positive impact on the information security industry.
The action days for Operation MOTO on 29-31 May 2017 resulted in 9 arrests including the criminal network’s masterminds, as well as 25 house searches in Poland. The perpetrators were advertising online cars as well as construction or agricultural machinery/vehicles, but never delivered the advertised goods to interested buyers, despite having received advance fee payments.
On 31 May 2017, Europol was presented the European Excellence Award for its EU Most Wanted campaign. This award has attracted over 2 500 entries from across Europe. The Award was presented to Europol in a ceremony held in Brussels, Belgium. It honours outstanding performance in the field of communication. Launched in December 2016, the campaign featured an online advent calendar with Europe’s most wanted fugitives. The Agency published on its calendar webpage and social media one fugitive per day wanted by a different EU Member State, for 23 days until Christmas.
You can help us to "Stop child abuse, trace an object" A shampoo bottle, a magazine cover or even wallpaper. The most innocent clues can sometimes help crack a case. These small mundane objects featured in the background of a child abuse image can sometimes end up being a key lead in the investigation, resulting in the victims’ identification and rescue.