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Recovering stolen heritage
In 2017, an organised crime group from Eastern Europe pulled off a string of robberies in warehouses up and down the UK. The spree ended with their biggest heist, as they stole a stash of rare antiquarian books worth over EUR 2 million. The goods were valuable in more than just monetary terms; they held immense cultural value as well. And when cultural goods are stolen, the best hopes at getting them back come through international police cooperation.
In this episode, find out how Europol worked with British, Italian and Romanian authorities to track down the large and sophisticated gang behind this robbery. From the night of the heist to the years-long manhunt for the kingpin, you’ll hear from the officers who worked this immense case, and how they worked to recover stolen heritage.
Targeting scam call centres
Have you ever received an anonymous call from someone offering to invest your money and make you a fortune? If it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably investment fraud. Cybercrime experts from Latvia, Lithuania and Bulgaria explain the call centre phenomenon that is taking hold of the EU. An expert from Europol offers insights on this emerging crime area and explains why it is so lucrative for criminals.
Ransomware- your money or your files
In 2021, Europol’s experts worked with international law enforcement and a cybersecurity company to target one of the most notorious cybercrime groups, REvil. REvil used a ransomware-as-a-service business model to generate profits. We hear from one of Europol’s cybercrime specialists, a member of the Romanian Police and a cybersecurity engineer from Bitdefender on how law enforcement dealt with this cybercriminal network.
Catching cocaine traffickers
Delve into the fascinating story of the international hit against narcos shipping cocaine to the EU, and discover how exactly law enforcement tackles these international drug gangs. Supported by Europol, Brazilian, Spanish and US authorities shut down a criminal organisation which was coordinating its operations via encrypted communications. The operation is recounted by specialists from Europol and Brazilian law enforcement.
The King of Malware
EMOTET first emerged in 2014 and quickly became one of the most dangerous botnets of the last decade. The so-called King of Malware, it rampaged across the world infecting computers through emails, incurring significant damage. It seemed to be unstoppable until law enforcement, assisted by Europol, came up with an ingenious way of outsmarting the hackers.