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European commissioner in charge of financial services Maireád McGuinness said: ‘Those involved in the cryptocurrencies space will now realise that anonymity is gone.’ File photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/EPA

The European Commission wants to end anonymity in cryptocurrencies and establish a new anti-money laundering agency to enforce tougher rules in a plan(...)

Europol estimates the value of suspicious transactions in the EU at 1.3% of gross domestic product. Photograph: iStock

Brussels wants to set up a new anti-money-laundering authority with direct supervisory powers as it seeks to crack down on illicit finance following a(...)

Two of the biggest cybercriminal gangs, REvil and DarkSide recently promised not to target sectors such as health and education. File photograph: iStock

Forty-eight days on from the devastating ransomware attack on Ireland’s health system, the criminals behind it are yet to make good on their promise t(...)

“These people thought they could remain anonymous while facilitating large-scale cybercrime operations,” said Dutch public prosecutor Wieteke Koorn. Photograph: Getty

A global network allegedly used by cybercriminals to hide their identities during high-profile attacks has been taken down in a co-ordinated fightback(...)

Eric Eoin Marques (36), from Dublin, is to learn his final sentence on September 15th next in Maryland Federal District Court, following eight years of legal proceedings in Ireland and the US. File Photograph: Paddy Cummins/

An Irishman described as the world’s largest facilitator of child abuse imagery is to receive a sentence of up to 27 years in US prison under a deal a(...)

A number of arrests relating to dissident republicanism were also made. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Eighteen people were arrested in Ireland last year on suspicion of involvement in Islamist terrorism. Seventeen of the arrests related to the suspect(...)

The ANOM app: Authorities have said that  using phones planted by the US FBI, law enforcement officers were able to read the messages of global underworld figures in about 100 countries. Photograph: Getty

What’s this about the FBI cracking global criminals’ encrypted messages? That’s not quite what happened, but almost. The truth is even more spectacul(...)

The Anom app appears on the screen of a smartphone in Paris, on June 8th, 2021. Photograph: Olivier Morin/ AFP via Getty Images

One of Australia’s most wanted drugs traffickers has spent much of the last two years recommending a modified mobile phone, with encrypted messaging a(...)

The Anom operation involved the FBI taking control of a system designed to allow organised criminals send encrypted message to each other on modified mobile phones. Photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP via Getty Images

Irish organised criminals were using the Anom encrypted messaging system, which was secretly run by the FBI, and information taken off it will be used(...)

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison: ‘This is a watershed moment in Australian law enforcement history.’ Photograph: Dean Lewins/EPA

Police in 16 countries have made more than 800 arrests in a global sting constructed around an encrypted messaging app secretly developed and deployed(...)

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