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Virus lockdown could fuel radicalization – Europol

Jun 23, 2020 - 11:36 PM

Europol director Catherine De Bolle says the pandemic's worldwide economic and social impacts could escalate existing discontents

Migrant smuggling set to surge as coronavirus lockdown eases – Europol

May 15, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Europol said in its latest report that illegal migration slowed down during the coronavirus lockdown, but was bound to shoot up once restrictions are lifted

Europe's most wanted online sex offender gets 20 years in Cebu

Dec 17, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Nelson Siacor Torayno is also ordered to pay P2 million in fines

CONVICTED. Nelson Siacor Torayno is convicted to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing children. Photo by the International Justice Mission

Dozens held in global money laundering swoop – Europol

Dec 04, 2019 - 8:44 PM

The swoop during September and November results in 228 arrests of people involved in so-called money muling, Europol says

Ransomware attacks 'getting bolder' – Europol

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Police and the private sector 'confirm a diminishing number of ransomware attacks targeting individual citizens' but adds they are 'becoming more bold' as they look for profitable targets

Europe's most wanted online child sex offender nabbed in Cebu

Jul 25, 2019 - 4:31 PM

The arrest of Nelson Siacor Torayno, a 32-year-old Filipino, was kept from the public for months following his arrest due to ongoing investigations, according to the International Justice Mission

FACE OF EVIL. Nelson Torayno allegedly raped his child victims, filmed the attacks, and sold the videos on the dark web. Photo from the International Justice Mission

672 arrested in global swoop on fake food and drink – Interpol

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:49 AM

In Zimbabwe, authorities seized soft drinks containing high levels of the active ingredient in drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction

Bottles of Coca-Cola are pictured at a branch of Asda in north London, on April 27, 2018. - 42 firms, responsible for 80 percent of plastic packaging sold in Britain, have signed up to a pact that aims to tackle plastic pollution over the next seven years through a series of measures. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Global task force helps save 240 child sex victims

Oct 26, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Victim Identification Task Force of Europol, with the help of law enforcers around world, rescues over 240 victims of child sex abuse and arrests almost 100 offenders since 2014

Threat 'acute' as jihadist attacks double in 2017 – Europol

Jun 20, 2018 - 10:37 PM

In its annual report, Europol, says last year, a total 33 terror attacks were reported on the continent and Britain – 10 of which were successful, killing 62 people, while the rest were foiled or failed

EUROPOL. File photo shows an Italian Guardia di Finanza officer (center) walks with a Guardia Civil officer (left) beside a Europol member as they take part in a search at a Restaurant in Barcelona during an international police operation against Italian Mafia. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

EU, U.S. police cripple Islamic State media mouthpieces

Apr 27, 2018 - 5:26 PM

'With this ground-breaking operation we have punched a big hole in the capability of IS to spread propaganda online and radicalize young people in Europe,' says Europol head Rob Wainwright

EUROPOL. Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, speaks during the launch of the European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, The Netherlands, on February 22, 2016. File photo by Jerry Lampen/ANP/AFP

Europol warns banks ATM cyber attacks on the rise

Sep 29, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Criminals have realized that ATMs can be accessed through the bank's network, says the European police agency

Global ransomware attacks on the rise – Europol

Jul 26, 2017 - 10:37 AM

To combat its rise the police agency has posted decryption tools on the No More Ransom website which has deprived attackers around 8 million euros in ransoms

More cyberattacks feared as work week begins

May 15, 2017 - 6:45 AM

UPDATED Europol executive director Rob Wainwright says the situation could worsen when workers return to their offices after the weekend and log on

CYBER ATTACK. A woman points to the website of the NHS: East and North Hertfordshire notifying users of a problem in its network, in London on May 12, 2017. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

200,000 cyberattack victims in 150-plus states – Europol

May 14, 2017 - 6:47 PM

Europol executive director Rob Wainwright says he is worried that the ransomware attack might spread further once people return to work on Monday

Manhunt for hackers behind global cyberattack

May 13, 2017 - 7:14 AM

4th UPDATE French police say there were more than 75 000 victims around the globe but caution that this number could increase significantly

CYBER ATTACK. A woman points to the website of the NHS: East and North Hertfordshire notifying users of a problem in its network, in London on May 12, 2017. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Europol probing ISIS setting up of social network

May 04, 2017 - 5:11 PM

We are investigating the possibility that IS and other terror groups are setting up a social media platform says a Europol officer

Global police smash huge online crime network – Europol

Dec 01, 2016 - 11:55 PM

Known as Avalanche the criminal network was used as a delivery platform to launch and manage mass global malware attacks and money mule recruiting campaigns Europol says in a statement

EUROPOL. Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, speaks during the launch of the European Migrant Smuggling Center (EMSC) at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, The Netherlands, on February 22, 2016. File photo by Jerry Lampen / ANP / AFP

Europol red-faced as terror data appears online

Nov 30, 2016 - 11:22 PM

Around 700 pages on terror investigations – particularly analysis on terror groups – appeared online including the names and contact details of hundreds of people with terror links

Europol: Over 10,000 migrant children missing

Jan 31, 2016 - 11:25 PM

EU police agency Europol fears many have been whisked away into sex trafficking rings or the slave trade

EU, Internet giants join forces to fight online extremism

Dec 04, 2015 - 8:51 AM

The move comes amid growing alarm in Europe over the use of social media as a powerful recruiting tool especially by the Islamic State ISIS group

How the EU plans to tackle the migrant crisis

Sep 25, 2015 - 2:42 PM

There are plans to set up reception centers to separate genuine refugees fleeing war from economic migrants who will be sent back home

MIGRANT CRISIS. A migrant holds his child and looks for relatives in front of the train heading for the Serbian border, near the city of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, September 23, 2015. File photo by Georgi Licovski/EPA

Cybercrime now 'number one' threat – Europol chief

Apr 18, 2015 - 8:06 AM

It s become a global problem and we urgently need global instruments to deal with it says Europol chief Rob Wainwright

Europol disrupts cybercrime ring that infected millions of PCs

Feb 26, 2015 - 9:57 AM

A cybercrime operation that stole banking information by hacking more than 3 million computers in several countries is disrupted by European police

Online child abuse moving to Skype, Bitcoin – Europol

Feb 24, 2015 - 10:46 PM

The sale of child abuse live streams over legitimate chat sites or video chat apps is much harder to trace than when the abuse is sold from a website

Over 1,000 arrested in organized crime swoop: Europol

Sep 24, 2014 - 8:10 PM

Operation Archimedes was the single largest coordinated assault an organized crime in Europe says Europol s chief

EUROPOL. Director of Europol Rob Wainwright speaks during the press conference at Europol headquarters in The Hague, The Netherlands, 16 December 2011. File photo by Jerry Lampen/EPA

Countries with MH17 victims agree on prosecution team

Jul 29, 2014 - 8:41 AM

The Netherlands Australia Malaysia Britain Belgium Germany the Philippines Canada New Zealand Indonesia the United States and Ukraine agreed to a joint investigation team

SOLEMN ARRIVAL. Soldiers carry coffins with the remains of some of the victims of the MH17 plane crash, at Eindhoven military airport, Netherlands, 26 July 2014. Vincent Jannick/EPA

European police uncover football match-fixing syndicate

Feb 04, 2013 - 11:23 PM

European police warned Monday that the integrity of football was at stake as they revealed they had unearthed a criminal network fixing hundreds of matches including in the Champions League and World Cup qualifiers