Europol: International operation shuts down websites offering counterfeit goods and pirated content

Europol: International operation shuts down websites offering counterfeit goods and pirated content. “As of this year’s Cyber Monday, law enforcement agencies across several continents have taken down 12 526 websites, disconnected 32 servers used to distribute and host illegal content for 2 294 television channels and shut down 15 online shops selling counterfeit products on social media sites. In the physical realm, investigators seized 127 365 counterfeit products such as clothes, watches, shoes, accessories, perfumes, electronics and phone cases worth more than EUR 3.8 million.”

Action against criminal website that offered ‘spoofing’ services to fraudsters: 142 arrests (Europol)

Europol: Action against criminal website that offered ‘spoofing’ services to fraudsters: 142 arrests. “Judicial and law enforcement authorities in Europe, Australia, the United States, Ukraine, and Canada have taken down a website that allowed fraudsters to impersonate trusted corporations or contacts to access sensitive information from victims, a type of cybercrime known as ‘spoofing’. The website is believed to have caused an estimated worldwide loss in excess of GBP 100 million (EUR 115 million).”

Bleeping Computer: Europol ordered to erase data on those not linked to crime

Bleeping Computer: Europol ordered to erase data on those not linked to crime. “The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an EU privacy and data protection independent supervisory authority, has ordered Europol to erase personal data on individuals that haven’t been linked to criminal activity. According to the EDPS, the watchdog considers personal data any identification number, location data, or online identifier associated with an individual’s physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural, or social identity.”

Europol: Europol coordinates referral action targeting migrant smuggling from Belarus

Europol: Europol coordinates referral action targeting migrant smuggling from Belarus. “On 16 December, a total of 455 social media accounts facilitating the illegal immigration from Belarus to Europe have been targeted as a result of a large-scale referral action. Europol’s European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC), together with the European Union Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) within Europol’s European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC) coordinated the referral activity which involved law enforcement authorities from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Poland and Germany.”

The Register: Europol wipes out 30,000+ piracy sites, three suspects cuffed to walk the legal plank

The Register: Europol wipes out 30,000+ piracy sites, three suspects cuffed to walk the legal plank. “In total, Europol says it was able to shut down 30,506 domains. They also arrested three people, seized 26,000 pieces of clothing and perfume, grabbed 363 litres of alcohol (about 10 Reg holiday parties), an unspecified number of hardware devices, and upwards of €150,000 in bank and online payment accounts.”

Neowin: Europol says it has taken Islamic State presences offline

Neowin: Europol says it has taken Islamic State presences offline. “The European Union’s police agency, Europol, has announced that it has hit Islamic State’s online presence, claiming that the group is totally offline for the time being. With the rapidity that online groups can be set up, they may spring back up in time but it’ll likely take a while for any subscribers of those channels to reconnect.”

Europol: 3 arrested in France for looting the archives of libraries throughout Europe

Europol: 3 arrested in France for looting the archives of libraries throughout Europe. “With the support of Europol, the French National Police (OCBC – National Unit in charge of Cultural goods trafficking) and the Spanish Guardia Civil (UCO) have dismantled an organised crime group suspected of stealing maps in the archival collections of libraries throughout Europe.”