If you bought an airline ticket to the EURO 2016 football tournament, your credit card details may have been stolen by sophisticated cybercriminals. During the worldwide operation on 15 and 16 June, involving more than 70 airlines in 130 airports in 43 countries, 140 people were detained, denied boarding and questioned by law enforcement officials.
Eurojust assisted at the coordination centre at Europol. Other officials cooperating in the action days were INTERPOL, Frontex, Ameripol, Canadian and US law enforcement authorities, airlines, travel agents, card issuers and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Operation CICONIA ALBA, a global operation spearheaded by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), was organised to target this and similar forms of cybercrime as the third EU-wide joint action day against serious organised cross-border crime. The multi-disciplinary approach employed in these action days enables authorities to link different crimes, including labour exploitation, human trafficking, drug trafficking and terrorism, in addition to cybercrime.
For further information, see the Europol press releases of 20 June 2016: