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Europol and F-Secure Join Forces to Fight Cyber Crime

2 May 2016

On 28 April 2016 Europol's Cybercrime Centre (EC3) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the online security company F-Secure Corporation at Europol's headquarters in The Hague. F-Secure has 20 country offices and a presence in more than 100 countries, with Security Lab operations in Helsinki, Finland and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Through more than 200 operator partners globally, millions of customers use F-Secure anti-virus and online security services. This MoU will allow for enhanced cooperation in the joint fight against the growing problem of cybercrime.

10 of ‘Europe’s Most Wanted Fugitives’ arrested since launch of dedicated website

29 April 2016

3 months after the launch of the ‘Europe’s Most Wanted Fugitives’ website, supported by Europol, 10 of the fugitives wanted by EU Member States have successfully been put behind bars. In at least 6 of these arrests, the leads provided via the website played a direct role in locating the fugitives.

Major hit in Spain against large scale trafficking of new psychoactive substances

29 April 2016

2 large operations of the Spanish Guardia Civil, with the support of Europol, have led to the dismantling of criminal organisations involved in the trafficking of new psychoactive substances. These substances have harmful health effects and can even cause death. As a result of Operations Alimaya and Korowai, 160 000 doses have been seized and almost 50 suspects arrested.


29 April 2016

On 22 April 2016, the Bulgarian authorities, in close cooperation with Europol, dismantled an illegal workshop in the area of Pleven (Northern Bulgaria) which counterfeited 100 euro banknotes. This seizure of fake banknotes is one of Europe’s most significant in recent years on account of the quality of the forged notes detected in circulation in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.


28 April 2016

On 25 and 26 April, 200 police experts and prosecutors from 34 countries convened in The Hague to attend a conference on domestic burglary hosted at Europol’s headquarters.  The conference was opened by the Dutch Minister of Security and Justice, Mr Ard van der Steur, and Europol Director, Mr Rob Wainwright.

Fighting Intellectual Property Crime

26 April 2016

Fighting intellectual property crime is a key priority for law enforcement authorities in safeguarding consumers against dangerous and substandard products and tackling the criminal networks involved in these low risk/high revenue illegal activities.

Europol supports competent law enforcement authorities in preventing and combating organised crime associated with intellectual property rights infringements.

29 arrests in Spain as result of joint operation targeting traffickers in human beings for sexual exploitation

22 April 2016

On 12-13 April the Spanish Guardia Civil and Chinese Police, in close cooperation with Europol, successfully dismantled a Chinese organised crime group which was actively trafficking to Spain Chinese women for sexual exploitation. The action days carried out in Madrid, Soria, Lleida, Girona, Valencia, Zaragoza and Toledo were further supported by representatives from the police forces of France and Andorra.

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