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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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