Police warning after drug traffickers' cyber-attack
- Publicado el Martes, 22 Octubre 2013 10:28
- Visitas: 1349
The head of Europe's crime fighting agency has warned of the growing risk of organised crime groups using cyber-attacks to allow them to traffic drugs.
The director of Europol, Rob Wainwright, says the internet is being used to facilitate the international drug trafficking business.
His comments follow a cyber-attack on the Belgian port of Antwerp. Drug traffickers recruited hackers to breach IT systems that controlled the movement and location of containers. Police carried out a series of raids in Belgium and Holland earlier this year, seizing computer-hacking equipment as well as large quantities of cocaine and heroin, guns and a suitcase full of cash. Fifteen people are currently awaiting trial in the two countries. Mr Wainwright says the alleged plot demonstrates how the internet is being used as a "freelance marketplace" in which drug trafficking groups recruit hackers to help them carry out cyber-attacks "to order".