Criminals quick to exploit Covid-19 crisis in Europe

Individuals and criminal organizations have taken immediate advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to find new ways of making money, the European Union's law enforcement agency said Thursday, citing a spike in counterfeiting and cybercrime.

In a report  Thursday looking at how the pandemic will shape organized crime in the EU, Europol said much of the criminality related to the deadly virus reflects the flexibility of criminal organizations, a trend that was already witnessed during previous financial crises.

But this time, the impact became evident much more quickly, with a sharp increase in cybercrime in the first weeks of the virus's spread.

"New and adapted attacks appeared almost immediately from the onset of the crisis and have been among the most visible types of criminality," Europol said. "In part, this is due to our reliance on digital and online...

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