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Europol Busts Major Crime Ring, Arrests Over 100 Online Fraudsters
2021-09-21 20:20

Law enforcement agencies in Italy and Spain have dismantled an organized crime group linked to the Italian Mafia that was involved in online fraud, money laundering, drug trafficking, and property crime, netting the gang about €10 million in illegal proceeds in just a year. "The suspects defrauded hundreds of victims through phishing attacks and other types of online fraud such as SIM swapping and business email compromise before laundering the money through a wide network of money mules and shell companies," Europol said in a statement published today.

Europol Breaks Open Extensive Mafia Cybercrime Ring
2021-09-20 19:50

International law enforcement has busted up an extensive cybercrime operation run by a gang with ties to the Italian Mafia. The suspects used various lures to convince victims to wire money to bank accounts controlled by the criminal network, according to Europol.

Europol links Italian Mafia to million-dollar phishing scheme
2021-09-20 12:41

In collaboration with Europol and Eurojust, European law enforcement dismantled an extensive network of cybercriminals linked to the Italian Mafia that was able to defraud their victims of roughly €10 million last year alone. "The Spanish National Police, supported by the Italian National Police, Europol and Eurojust, dismantled an organised crime group linked to the Italian Mafia involved in online fraud, money laundering, drug trafficking and property crime," the Europol said today.

Europol Report Highlights Pandemic's Effect on Cybercrime
2021-04-19 09:53

Europol's Serious Organized Crime Threat Assessment report 2021 summarizes the criminal threat of the last four years and provides insights into what to expect over the next four years. Organized crime is not limited to cybercrime, but cybercrime has become a major part of organized criminal activity.

Europol Credits Sweeping Arrests to Cracked Sky ECC Comms
2021-03-12 20:41

Europol launched "Major interventions" against organized crime on March 9, which it said were made possible by monitoring the encrypted messages of around 70,000 users of the Sky ECC service since mid-February. Europol said Sky ECC has about 170,000 users who send around 3 million messages every day, adding that 20 percent of those users are in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Europol 'unlocks' encrypted Sky ECC chat service to make arrests
2021-03-10 19:03

Image: Sky ECC. European law enforcement authorities have made a large number of arrests after a joint operation involving the monitoring of organized crime communication channels after "Unlocking" Sky ECC chat's encryption. The investigation started after Belgium police seized mobile phones from criminals who used Sky ECC. After "Unlocking" the chat platform's encryption, investigators have been able to monitor communications between roughly 70,000 Sky ECC users.

Emotet takedown – Europol attacks “world’s most dangerous malware”
2021-02-01 02:07

If you've followed the history of malware in recent years, you will definitely have heard of Emotet, and you'll have a very good idea of what happens next to Emotet victims if the malware breaches their defences. The macros used by Emotet documents are the opening gambit in the malware attack, and they initiate the next stage of the infection, typically launching a heavily disguised PowerShell command to download and implant the Emotet malware program itself.

Europol: Emotet malware will uninstall itself on April 25th
2021-01-27 19:56

Law enforcement has started to distribute an Emotet module to infected devices that will uninstall the malware on April 25th, 2021. Today, Europol announced the disruption of the infamous Emotet email spamming botnet used to distribute malicious Word spam attachments that install malware such as TrickBot and Qbot.

Europol: Emotet malware will uninstall itself on March 25th
2021-01-27 19:56

Law enforcement has started to distribute an Emotet module to infected devices that will uninstall the malware on April 25th, 2021. Today, Europol announced the disruption of the infamous Emotet email spamming botnet used to distribute malicious Word spam attachments that install malware such as TrickBot and Qbot.

Europol announces bust of “world’s biggest” dark web marketplace
2021-01-14 22:20

As you can imagine, it operated on the so-called dark web, and you'd have needed the Tor browser to access it, using a special web address ending in. As it happens, the epithet dark in the word dark web isn't a metaphorical reference implying that everything on the dark web is evil and dystopian.