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Europol report: Emerging technologies, cyber world transforming future of organized crime

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Technology is transforming organized criminal activity through a “crime-as-a-service business model” in which individual criminal entrepreneurs provide their knowledge, experience and expertise on a project basis, the European Union’s law enforcement agency said in a March 2 report, looking at future trends in this area. While this “criminal dynamic market” exists within the cybercrime world, it’s creeping into “traditional” organized crime – and into areas such as drug trafficking, illegal immigration and counterfeit goods, according to the Europol report. “In this fragmented and global criminal market criminal actors will engage in ‘co-opetition’, which sees competing actors interact or cooperate in the ad hoc pursuit of criminal opportunities,” the report said. The report is a first from Europol in terms of predicting what the future of organized crime in the EU will look like – particularly new developments in how it will operate, changes in its structure and shifts in criminal markets. “Looking ahead will enable us to better allocate resources, plan operational activities and engage with policy- and law-makers to prevent certain types of crimes from emerging,” wrote Europol director Rob Wainwright in the report’s introduction. Criminal activities are being enabled through secure online platforms that provide anonymity and easy communications. In fact, the report said that […]

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Ramnit Botnet Crime Ring Taken Down By Europol

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A major European police operation has taken down a botnet that had been stealing banking data.The operation was co-ordinated by the European Cybercrime Centre at Europol, the European police agency, and also involved a number of technology companies including Microsoft, Symantec and AnubisNetworks. Europol reportedly worked with investigators from the UK, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands to take down the long-running botnet. Indeed, the Ramnit botnet has been going since 2010, and it has been mostly focused on banking fraud as well as stealing cookies and credentials from its victims. Most of the infected computers that made up the Ramnit botnet were apparently located in the United Kingdom, the Guardian quoted Paul Gillen, head of operations at the cybercrime centre, as saying. “We worked together to shut down the command-and-control servers for the network in various countries across the European Union. The criminals have lost control of the infrastructure they were using,” Gillen reportedly said. But Symantec on its blog said that most of the infected PCs were located in India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, the US, and the Philippines. Microsoft on its blog said that it has been monitoring Ramnit since April 2010, and during the last six months it […]

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Online child abuse moving to Skype, bitcoin: Europol

THE HAGUE: Hi-tech criminals are increasingly selling live streams of child sex over legitimate chat sites and apps such as Skype for hard-to-trace virtual currencies like bitcoin, Europe’s policing agency warned on Tuesday.

“Criminals that sexually exploit children online are becoming more entrepreneurial with technological developments and are profiting financially,” Europol said in a special report on commercial sexual exploitation of children online.

Compiled by Europol’s EC3 cybercrime centre, together with Eurojust, NGOs, credit card and online giants such as Google and Microsoft, the report paints a disturbing picture of rising online child abuse.

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.

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Methods of Crime changes with Technology, EuroPol warns cyber murders in 2014National Cyber Security

nationalcybersecurity.com – As technology is advancing, we are getting new products like Smartphones, smart computers, smart TVs GPS devices, and more that makes our lives easy. But, it is not only us who are getting these ne…

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Methods of Crime changes with Technology, EuroPol warns cyber murders in 2014

Methods of Crime changes with Technology, EuroPol warns cyber murders in 2014

As technology is advancing, we are getting new products like Smartphones, smart computers, smart TVs GPS devices, and more that makes our lives easy. But, it is not only us who are getting these new-tech (or high-tech) products to be […]

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European banks team up with Europol in cybercrime fightbackNational Cyber Security

nationalcybersecurity.com – Europe’s banks have joined forces with Europol’s cybercrime unit to try to combat the rising and increasingly sophisticated threat being posed by cyber criminals to financial firms. European banks …

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European banks team up with Europol in cybercrime fightback

European banks team up with Europol in cybercrime fightback

Europe’s banks have joined forces with Europol’s cybercrime unit to try to combat the rising and increasingly sophisticated threat being posed by cyber criminals to financial firms. European banks team up with Europol in cybercrime fightbackThe European Banking Federation (EBF), […]

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Europol launches taskforce to fight world’s top cybercriminals – National Cyber Security | National Cyber Security

nationalcybersecurity.com – Cybercrime experts from police forces around the world are coming together to form a new body, the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT), aiming to tackle the smartest online criminals. Andy Ar…

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Europol launches all-star anti-hacker ‘J-CAT’ taskforceNational Cyber Security

nationalcybersecurity.com – Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) has launched a Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) pilot programme in a bid to facilitate further international anti-cyber crime operations. The tas…

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Europol launches taskforce to fight world’s top cybercriminals

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Europol launches taskforce to fight world’s top cybercriminals

Cybercrime experts from police forces around the world are coming together to form a new body, the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT), aiming to tackle the smartest online criminals. Andy Archibald, deputy head of the National Cyber Crime Unit with […]

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