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Darknet hidden service for child sexual abuse material shut down

31 July 2015

Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) has supported Italian law enforcement authorities to shut down a hidden service for distributing child sexual abuse material. The house of the Italian administrator has been searched and 14 000 bitcoin wallets have been seized.

Europol’s new training course on payment card fraud forensics

27 July 2015

From 13 to 17 July 2015 Europol organised a new training course on payment card fraud forensics at the Spanish National Police Academy in Ávila, Spain. The aim of the training was to increase forensic experts' knowledge and expertise in examining skimming devices, and other types of payment fraud forensics.

Third edition of Europol’s training course on Open Source IT Forensics

20 July 2015

Following the success of the past two editions, Europol has organised, for the third consecutive year, a training course on Open Source IT Forensics, hosted by the Spanish Police Academy in Ávila, Spain. Over a two-week period, 55 cybercrime experts and 8 specialised trainers participated from law enforcement agencies in 30 different countries - the highest number of participants to date. The course was aimed at enhancing law enforcement's knowledge in using Linux as an investigative platform and employing a variety of open source tools within the area of digital forensics.

Search for Suspect in Southern Europe: UK Police Appeal For Information

17 July 2015

Following the fifth anniversary of the death of a UK citizen in Hoddesdon (Hertfordshire), Europol is sharing the UK Hertfordshire Constabulary’s new appeal for information to trace the suspect wanted in connection with the incident, who is believed to be in southern Europe. The suspect is believed to have been in Albania, and may have travelled to Greece and Italy under different names.

Cybercriminal Darkode forum taken down through global action

15 July 2015

This week, law enforcement and judicial authorities worldwide have taken down the most prolific English-speaking cybercriminal forum to date: Darkode. In an international coordinated action against the hacking forum and its users, investigators from all over the world targeted cybercriminals that were using the Darkode forum to trade and barter their hacking expertise, malware and botnets, and to find partners for their next spam runs or malware attacks.

EUR 300 million VAT fraud: key targets arrested

14 July 2015

Today, a coordinated action by law enforcement and prosecution authorities from Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, Belgium, Spain, Poland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland, supported by Europol and Eurojust, took down the masterminds behind a criminal network responsible for defrauding EU citizens of approximately EUR 300 million in tax revenues via a sophisticated carousel fraud scheme. The action led to the arrest of 14 individuals. More than 40 searches were conducted.

Europol supports Spanish police to dismantle serious cybercriminal group

10 July 2015

Europol has supported Spanish police* in an operation codenamed Walker, to take down a serious cybercriminal group during a coordinated action in Barcelona. With on-the-spot support from Europol, the action in Spain on 6 July resulted in the arrest of nine suspects, the dismantling of a sophisticated illegal call centre, six house searches and the seizure of numerous pieces of evidence; over 100 mobiles phones and stolen SIM cards, more than EUR 10 000 in cash, credit cards, computer equipment and other devices were taken away for further forensic examination.

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