Europol disrupts international skimmer group's operations

On 30 November, Europol informed the arrest of four Bulgarian nationals who were key members of an international gang specialising in skimming. The operation, called Neptune, was run by Italian police in cooperation with their Bulgarian and Czech counterparts while the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) assisted the national police forces by providing forensic and analytical support.

Skimming is a widespread form of crime which consists of an illegal modification of ATMs or other related devices coming into contact with payment cards which then allows unauthorised copying of the data from the card and the entered PIN code. This information is subsequently used to produce a duplicate card and make cash withdrawals. In addition to specific operations like Neptune, Europol is also supporting the development of capacities to reduce the negative impact of cryptographic technologies on police investigations.

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