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European Union Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) 2017

Document type: 
Report
Authors / Institution: 
EUROPOL
Publisher / Publication: 
EUROPOL
Abstract: 

Each year, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) publishes the Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), its flagship strategic report on key findings and emerging threats

and developments in cybercrime — threats that impact governments, businesses and citizens in the EU. The IOCTA provides key recommendations to law enforcement, policy makers and regulators to allow them to respond to cybercrime in an effective and concerted manner. The report focuses on the crime areas that fall under EC3’s mandate. These cybercrime priorities, which are determined by the EU Policy Cycle, are currently: Cyber-dependent crime, Online child sexual exploitation and Payment fraud. The most recent IOCTA also looks at an additional crime area, online criminal markets, both on the surface web and Darknet. It also addresses the convergence of cyber and terrorism. Another typical focus of the IOCTA are cross-cutting crime enablers, factors that straddle more than one crime area but are not necessarily inherently criminal themselves. These enablers include phishing/smishing/vishing, business email compromise, bulletproof hosting, anonymisation tools, criminal abuse of cryptocurrencies and money muling.

European Union Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA) 2017

Document type: 
Report
Authors / Institution: 
EUROPOL
Publisher / Publication: 
EUROPOL
Abstract: 

The European Union (EU) Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA) 2017 is a detailed analysis of the threat of serious and organised crime facing the EU providing information for practi

tioners, decision-makers and the wider public. Europol is the EU’s law enforcement agency and assists the 28 EU Member States in their fight against serious international crime and terrorism. For the SOCTA 2017, Europol has undertaken the largest-ever data collection on serious and organised crime in the EU. Europol relied on thousands of contributions by Member States, Europol’s operational and strategic partners outside the EU and our institutional partners as well as operational intelligence held in Europol’s databases to produce the most detailed assessment of the nature and scale of criminal threats facing the EU and its Member States.

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