Europol after on-line offenders


European Network of Law Enforcement Specialists on CGN created at Europol to address a little known but major capability gap in law enforcement’s attempts to identify offenders online.

On 31 January 2017, a meeting of European law enforcement cybercrime specialists was held at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague. This meeting addressed the increasing problem of non-crime attribution associated with the widespread use of Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation (CGN) technologies by internet service providers (ISPs). The meeting included presentations from industry experts, to broaden law enforcement understanding of the way in which internet service providers, ensuring access to the internet, and electronic content providers  to websites and communication platforms, operating with regards to CGN.

“CGN technology has created a serious online capability gap in law enforcement efforts to  investigate and attribute crime. It is particularly alarming that individuals who are using mobile phones to connect to the internet to facilitate criminal activities cannot be identified because 90% of mobile internet access providers have adopted a technology which prevents them from complying with their legal obligations to identify individual subscribers. On behalf of the European law enforcement community Europol is actively exploring ways to address this urgent problem with stakeholders in the EU and Industry”,  – Europol’s Director Rob Wainwright said.

“Ensuring EU law enforcement investigations are effective and result in the arrests of responsible parties is one of Europol’s key functions. The issues relating to CGN, specifically the non-attribution of malicious groups and individuals, should be resolved. I am convinced that the European Network of Law Enforcement Specialists on CGN will help to voice the concerns of the law enforcement community with EU decision-makers,” –  added Steven Wilson, Head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre.

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