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INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL GROUP BEHIND ATM SKIMMING ATTACKS DISMANTLED

24 May 2016

On 18 May 2016, the French Gendarmerie of Pau[1], in close cooperation with the Investigative Unit of the Italian State Police of Imperia[2] and Europol, disrupted an international criminal group responsible for large-scale ATM skimming and money laundering. Composed mainly of French-Italian nationals, the criminal network used sophisticated ATM skimming devices which allowed them to compromise ATMs and perform fraudulent withdrawals outside the EU. Estimated losses incurred by the criminals’ activities amount to more than half a million euros.

Europol in cooperation with EIPA hosts conference on privacy and security online

20 May 2016

On 19-20 May, Europol in cooperation with the European Institute of Public Administration organised a conference on privacy in the digital age of encryption and anonymity online.

Romanian organised crime group involved in metal theft dismantled

19 May 2016

Europol has supported a joint investigation between Romania and France to dismantle a Romanian criminal network involved in metal theft in France. According to investigations, the total estimated losses could amount to EUR 1.2 million.

Operation Cambri is a follow-up action of an operation initiated in France two years ago which led to the arrest in January 2015 of 10 members of an organised crime group suspected of large-scale metal theft in France. This operation targeted the members of this organised crime syndicate responsible for the fencing and selling of the stolen metals.

New Regulation boosts the roles of EDPS and Europol

19 May 2016

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Giovanni Buttarelli and the Director of the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol), Rob Wainwright, welcomed the recent adoption by the European Parliament of the new Regulation on Europol.

Europol supports the Spanish Guardia Civil in tackling online child sexual exploitation

19 May 2016

Europol has supported the Spanish Guardia Civil in their recent operation Plus Ultra II.  The action against offenders in EU Member States was facilitated by Europol through the transfer of information on targets and checking of connections to known online activity.  Intelligence packages were distributed on 23 targets within the EU and investigations are ongoing.

Italian criminal on the run located by Europol

18 May 2016

On 12 May 2016, the Dutch Politie executed in The Hague an arrest warrant issued by the Dutch Judicial authorities against a suspect originating from the Italian province of Reggio Calabria. The arrest warrant was issued following a request sent to The Netherlands from Turin’s Court of Appeal and the Italian Ministry of Justice to execute a series of concurring penalties.

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