Europol: Criminals Using Virus Crisis to Attack Fearful Public
The European law enforcement agency Europol says criminals are targeting a fearful public and affecting the fight against the coronavirus.
Last week, Europol officials reported that criminals are selling counterfeit products and falsely representing themselves as health care workers. They also accused criminals of attacking computers at a time when many people do their work online at home.
One Europol report noted a cyberattack on a hospital in the Czech Republic where workers carry out tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. It said the attack forced hospital officials to cancel planned operations on patients.
Organized crime groups are well-known for identifying new ways of earning money. The agency said that some groups have found new ways to trick people who are afraid of the virus.
Catherine de Bolle is Europol's executive director. She noted that criminals have quickly seized the chance to profit from the crisis by changing their methods of operation or developing new ones.
De Bolle added that organized crime groups' "capacity to exploit this crisis means we need to be constantly ... prepared."
Europol's report lists four main forms of illegal activity: cybercrime, fraud, counterfeit and poor-quality goods and organized property crime. It noted that criminals make and sell high-demand products like face masks or medicine. Some may even act like medical workers to get into homes or businesses. Europol noted the relative ease of collecting personal information with so many Europeans now doing their jobs online at home.
Coronavirus-related criminal activity is not limited to Europe. An operation in 90 countries, overseen by international police agency Interpol, identified many suspects. They were seeking fast money, notably with the sale of counterfeit masks and medicines. The operation was carried out in early March.
Interpol said it halted the work of 37 organized crime groups, and seized 34,000 false and poor-quality masks, as well as more than $14 million in possibly dangerous medicines. The "corona spray," "corona packages" and medicine are but "the tip of the iceberg" for this new rise in counterfeiting, the agency said.
COVID-19 causes mild health problems for most people. They develop a high body temperature and have difficulty breathing. But the disease can cause more serious health problems and death for others, especially for older adults and people with existing health problems.
Europol noted how one European company sent 6.6 million euros to another in Singapore to buy face masks and personal cleaning products.
"The goods were never received," the report said. It did not identify either company.
Criminals also are a threat to individuals as governments order hundreds of millions of people to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus. There have been several different methods of fraud that criminals have used to get inside private homes. But they often involve someone acting as a medical official, running a "corona test" and providing cleaning products or informative material, Europol said.
In one European country, an individual was notified by phone of a family member hospitalized with the virus. The individual then received a middle-of-the-night visit from people who falsely identified themselves as doctors. These people wore protective equipment and even gave the victim a false virus test for the coronavirus.
European officials have warned the public to be careful about possible fraud during these unusual times.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen noted that many people are spending increased time on the internet, for work or to just to keep busy at home. She said this means that criminals "exploit our concerns about the coronavirus."
"Our fear becomes their business opportunity," she said.
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上周，欧洲刑警组织官员报告称，犯罪分子正在销售假冒商品，并谎称是卫生保健工作者 。他们还指责犯罪分子攻击了计算机，此时很多人都居家办公 。
欧洲刑警组织的一份报告指出，捷克共和国一家负责检测新冠肺炎的医院遭到网络攻击 。报告称，这次攻击迫使医院官员取消了对病人的手术计划 。
有组织犯罪集团以想方设法“牟利”而闻名 。该机构表示，一些组织通过新途径来欺骗那些恐惧病毒的民众 。
凯瑟琳·德波勒（Catherine de Bolle）是欧洲刑警组织的执行理事 。她指出，犯罪分子已经迅速抓住机会，通过改变其操作手段或发展新手段利用危机牟利 。
德波勒还表示，有组织犯罪集团 “利用这场危机的能力意味着我们需要不断做足准备应对 。”
欧洲刑警组织的报告列出了四种主要形式的非法活动：网络犯罪、欺诈、假冒伪劣商品以及有组织财产犯罪 。该组织指出，犯罪分子制造和销售诸如口罩和药品等需求量大的产品 。有些人甚至可能冒充医务人员接近家庭和企业 。欧洲刑警组织指出，如今有很多欧洲人居家办公，收集个人信息相对容易 。
与冠状病毒相关的犯罪活动不局限于欧洲 。在国际刑警组织的监督下，在90个国家开展的一场行动调查出很多嫌犯 。他们都在寻求赚快钱的机会，尤其是通过销售假冒口罩和药品 。该行动于3月初进行 。
国际刑警组织表示，已经阻止了37个有组织犯罪集团的犯罪行为，缴获了3.4万个假冒伪劣口罩，以及超过1400万美元的危险药物 。该机构表示，预防冠状病毒喷雾、预防冠状病毒套装以及药物都只是这种假冒商品新现象的“冰山一角” 。
新冠肺炎会导致大多数人出现轻度健康问题 。他们会出现发烧和呼吸困难症状 。但是这种疾病会给其他人带来更严重的健康问题甚至死亡，其中老年人和存在健康问题的人的风险尤其高 。
报告称：“但是并没有真实的货物 。”报告未透露其中任何一家公司的名称 。
随着各国政府下令成千上万的人居家隔离以减缓病毒的传播速度，犯罪分子也对个人构成威胁 。犯罪分子曾经使用多种不同的欺诈手段入侵私人住宅 。但是他们通常会假冒医务人员，进行“冠状病毒检测”并提供清洁产品或信息材料 。
在某个欧洲国家，有人接到电话称家人因感染病毒住院治疗 。随后有人假冒医生深夜到访 。这些人穿着防护装备，甚至给受害人进行了一次虚假的冠状病毒检测 。
欧盟委员会主席冯德莱恩指出，很多人在互联网上花费更多时间，忙着工作或是仅仅为了在家里忙起来 。她说，这意味着犯罪分子利用了我们对冠状病毒的担忧 。