Each year, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) produces the Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), its flagship strategic report on ongoing developments and emerging threats in cybercrime — threats that impact governments, businesses and citizens in the EU.
suggested operational priorities within the aforementioned crime areas under EMPACT
key findings, including on global trends
The IOCTA may also include word on operational successes in the year under review. Two examples will serve as illustrations. The first is a global operation against dark markets that were being run on The Onion Router (TOR) network. In the operation, which was coordinated by Europol, law enforcement agencies in the EU worked with their counterparts in the United States to bring down several marketplaces as part of a concerted international action.
The second example is a follow-on to successful operations against airline sector fraud: other areas of internet-facilitated payment card abuse were subsequently identified and addressed at the national, EU-wide and global levels, leading to a number of operational successes.