Newsbrief – Week of 14 November 2022

15/11 – APT Group Pilfers $11 Million From Africa, Asia, Latin America Using Spear Phishing Emails. … But there are signs that major organized groups are actively probing and staking out lucrative niches in other areas, entering territory that was previously hunted by smaller and less skilled attackers. A detailed report on one such example has recently…

News briefing – Week of 7 November 2022

08/11 – 44 arrested in Poland in a sting targeting online child sexual exploitation. Officers from the Polish the Central Cybercrime Bureau raided 82 locations and seized 15 500 files depicting sexual abuse of children 09/11 – 350 tonnes of dangerous fireworks seized in Germany and the Netherlands. An investigation by the German Regional Police…

News briefing – Week of 31 October

02/11 – Troops deployed in Ecuador after spate of organized crime attacks. Police and soldiers on Wednesday patrolled the terror-stricken streets of two Ecuadoran cities after a spate of attacks blamed on organized crime groups waging a deadly drug war. Following a wave of strikes Tuesday in which five police officers were killed and a…

Newsbriefing – Week of 24 October

25/10 – Notorious Nigerien Weapons Broker Lands Secret Arms Deal in Senegal. A contract seen by OCCRP shows how Aboubakar Hima, who allegedly skimmed millions from $240 million in corrupt arms deals in his native Niger, may be up to his old tricks further from home. 26/10 – ELN Oversees Rampant Cattle Smuggling Between Colombia…

News briefing – Week of 17 October

17/10 – Organized crime-linked group of 100 brawl at Tokyo skyscraper restaurant. Police were called to a restaurant inside a Tokyo skyscraper Sunday after a mass brawl erupted among around 100 customers who appeared to be members of a group with links to organized crime. 17/10 – 31 arrested for stealing cars by hacking keyless…

News briefing – Week of 10 October

11/10 – Belgium to step up fight against organised crime, as analyst warns war on drugs is lost. The Belgian government is stepping up its fight against organised crime and the drug smuggling that goes with it by hiring more customs agents at the Port of Antwerp. As Europe’s second largest port, millions of shipping…

News Briefing – Week of 3 October

06/10 – Italian operation takes down corrupt port workers facilitating ‘Ndrangheta drug trafficking activities. With the support of Europol and Eurojust, the Italian Financial Corps (Guardia di Finanza) has dismantled a criminal network which relied on corrupt workers in the port of Gioia Tauro to smuggle hundreds of millions of euros’ worth of cocaine into…

News Briefing – Week of 26 September

27/09 – Kingpins of sexual exploitation gang arrested in Berlin. The German Regional Police of Berlin (Landeskriminalamt Berlin) and the Hungarian National Bureau of Investigation THB Unit (Nemzeti Nyomozó Iroda Emberkereskedelem Elleni Osztály), supported by Europol, have dismantled a criminal network involved in human trafficking for sexual exploitation. The investigation resulted in a simultaneous action…

News brief – Week of 12 September

12/09 – Oil theft, an organised crime – PENGASSAN seeks police collaboration to end menace. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has described oil theft and pipelines vandalism in the country as organised crime. In a letter delivered to the Commission of Police, Lagos State, Abiodun Alabi, through the Assistant…

News brief – Week of 5 September

05/09 – Asia: Sextortion ring dismantled by police. In June 2022, INTERPOL launched a public awareness campaign warning Internet users of a dramatic increase in digital extortion threats. […] A joint investigation supported by INTERPOL has so far linked the syndicate to 34 cases, with 12 arrests. 05/06 – Mexico’s Bold Move Against Gun Companies.…