The Europol Podcast
The Europol Podcast
About The Europol Podcast
The official podcast of the European Union’s law enforcement agency. We shine a light on some of the biggest operations Europol has supported, and how we continue to fight crime.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As law enforcement intercepts messages sent by criminals on ANOM, this episode explores what they did next with the evidence they gathered. We hear from a Superintendent in the Swedish Police who used intelligence from Operation Greenlight to target criminals who were importing and selling drugs in Sweden. We also hear from Europol’s Georgios Raskos, who worked closely with the FBI on Operation Greenlight as they prepared to take action against the criminals.
Criminal networks are dependent on covert communication. This episode is the first of two looking at Operation Greenlight, one of the largest and most sophisticated international law enforcement operations to date dealing with encrypted networks. Two special agents from the FBI speak about creating the ANOM service and how criminals, in the wake of the EncroChat and SKY ECC takedowns, started making use of the smartphone-based messaging app for offences such as drug trafficking and money laundering.
Find out about how Europol worked with police forces around the world to take down the Boystown forum, a notorious online platform sharing images of child abuse, and discover how Europol brings international specialists together as part of the Victim Identification Task Force to safeguard children. Members of the public can help save victims too, and we speak with the online researchers who are checking Europol’s Trace an Object website and identifying images to help solve cold cases.
The official podcast of the EU’s law enforcement agency. In this series, we will shine a light on some of the biggest operations Europol has supported, and how we continue to fight crime together with our partners in the EU, and beyond. Coming soon to wherever you get your podcasts.