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Major Europe-wide VAT fraud network busted with the support of Europol and Eurojust

3 March 2015

On 3 March 2015, law enforcement and prosecution authorities from Germany and the Netherlands, supported by Europol and Eurojust, dismantled a gang responsible for defrauding Member States of around EUR 150 million in a joint action targeting VAT fraud. Nine individuals were arrested and 26 premises searched.

Massive changes in the criminal landscape

2 March 2015

A decline of traditional hierarchical criminal groups and networks will be accompanied by the expansion of a virtual criminal underground made up of individual criminal entrepreneurs, who come together on a project basis. These people will lend their knowledge, experience and expertise as part of a 'crime-as-a-service' business model. Such dynamics can already be seen in the realm of cybercrime, but in the future these will extend to the domain of 'traditional' organised crime, governing crime areas such as drugs trafficking, illegal immigration facilitation and counterfeiting of goods.

International police action leads to rescue of 22-month old Romanian sex abuse victim

25 February 2015

Swift international police cooperation has led to the arrest of a Romanian man suspected of sexually-abusing his own two-year-old daughter, filming the abuse and posting the child abuse material (CAM) online. Romanian law enforcement authorities have rescued the child.

Increased law enforcement cooperation between the United States and Europe

25 February 2015

The close and trusted cooperation between the US and Europe is becoming even tighter. Two senior officials from Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency, are visting Washington this week.

Botnet taken down through international law enforcement cooperation

25 February 2015

On 24 February, Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) coordinated a joint international operation from its operational centre in The Hague, which targeted the Ramnit botnet that had infected 3.2 million computers all around the world. The operation involved investigators from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom – who led the operation – along with partners from private industry.

Live streaming of child sexual abuse is an established harsh reality

24 February 2015

Europol analyses the threats and trends of commercial online child sexual exploitation

Technological expansion, growing Internet coverage and the widespread availability of mobile devices are increasingly digitalising our society. Criminals that sexually exploit children online are becoming more entrepreneurial with these technological developments and profiting financially.

Criminal network smuggling cigarettes and alcohol thwarted in Germany

17 February 2015

Yesterday, with the support of Europol, German police and customs authorities conducted nine property searches in Berlin, arrested four persons and seized over 600 000 cigarettes. The criminals arrested - three Polish and one Belarusian - are between 38 and 55 years old and belong to an organised crime group suspected of smuggling millions of cigarettes and thousands of litres of alcohol from Poland to Germany.

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