1 June 2022 



"Digital technologies have profoundly transformed every facet of our societies. They offer boundless opportunities – for sustainable development; for education; for inclusion. Social media, for example, has transformed human rights and humanitarian advocacy, making it possible to mobilize people around the world quickly and efficiently around issues requiring urgent attention."  



Over a billion methamphetamine tabs seized in East and Southeast Asia

More than one billion methamphetamine tablets were seized in East and Southeast Asia last year, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has warned.

The staggering drugs haul across the vast region is further proof that illicit manufacturing there continues to expand unchecked, with “extreme volumes of methamphetamine” in production, along with a decreasing number of new synthetic psychoactive substances.



UNHCR: A record 100 million people forcibly displaced worldwide

The Ukraine war and other conflicts pushed the number of people forced to flee conflict, violence, human rights violations and persecution over the staggering milestone of 100 million for the first time on record, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) informed on Sunday.



Disaster displacement is on the increase, and the affected people must be heard

More than 30 million people were displaced as a result of disasters in 2020 alone, and this number is likely to rise with the mounting severity and number of climate-related extreme events. A panel at the 7th Session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR2022), moderated by Sarah Charles, Assistant the Administrator of the US Agency of International Development, looked at options to strengthen governance to reduce disaster displacement risks.





INTERPOL Secretary General: Online child sexual abuse at record levels

Secretary General Stock warns that children are at greater risk of online abuse and exploitation than ever before

DAVOS, Switzerland – The massive increase in online child sexual abuse and exploitation sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic continues unabated, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock told the World Economic Forum in Davos.



INTERPOL Cooperation Against ‘Ndrangheta (I-CAN)

Disrupting ‘Ndrangheta global networks - one of the most extensive and powerful criminal organizations in the world.



Securing major events: INTERPOL project extended beyond 2022 World Cup

Funded by Qatar, Project Stadia helps member countries plan and execute policing and security preparations for hosting major international events.

DOHA: INTERPOL’s Project Stadia will be extended beyond the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in order to support future host countries working to secure major international events.




Takedown of SMS-based FluBot spyware infecting Android phones

An international law enforcement operation involving 11 countries has resulted in the takedown of one of the fastest-spreading mobile malware to date. Known as FluBot, this Android malware has been spreading aggressively through SMS, stealing passwords, online banking details and other sensitive information from infected smartphones across the world. Its infrastructure was successfully disrupted earlier in May by the Dutch Police (Politie), rendering this strain of malware inactive. 



Five arrests in Hungary for money laundering across three continents

About EUR 44 million passed through bank accounts linked to the criminal network

The Budapest Metropolitan Police (Budapesti Rendőr-főkapitányság), supported by Europol, dismantled a criminal organisation involved in money laundering and perpetrating fraud using administrative documents.



Moldovan 'Thief in Law' and his associates arrested in European crackdown

A total of 14 members of this powerful, polycriminal gang have been arrested in Romania, France and Moldova

What connects counterfeit cigarette factories in Romania, blackmail and extortion cases in Moldova and a string of high-profile burglaries in France? The answer is one of the most powerful criminal groups in Moldova, known as ‘Patron’ after its ringleader, which has been dismantled last week as a result of an Operational Taskforce set up by Europol between the French, Romanian and Moldovan authorities. 



Printing insecurity: Tackling the threat of 3D printed guns in Europe

The International Conference on 3D Printed Firearms gathered over 120 participants from 20 countries
Law enforcement professionals, ballistic experts, forensic scientists, policy makers and academia have gathered this week in The Hague, the Netherlands, for one of the world’s biggest platforms of exchange on the threat of 3D printed weapons. 



13 arrested for tricking elderly with love in Italy

The criminal gang laundered more than EUR one million from their male victims in Italy

The Italian Carabinieri Corps (Carabinieri Reggio Calabria), supported by Europol, dismantled a criminal organisation involved in a number of criminal activities including fraud, sexual exploitation and money laundering. The investigation also involved law enforcement authorities from Germany, the Netherlands and Romania.