On 2 November, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime published its latest Bulletin looking at organised crime in SE Europe. The matters included –
A recent case that came to light concerning an Albanian-speaking cocaine-trafficking network operating out of Ecuador. The Albanian media speculate that the kingpin is a notorious 40-year-old Albanian criminal, who has been imprisoned in Ecuador for the past 6 years;
A further report of the smuggling of weapons from SE Europe. SE Europe is awash with weapons, particularly from the legacy of wars in the former Yugoslavia and some countries in the region still manufacture weapons; and
North Macedonian businesses have been on the receiving end of cyber attacks, particularly through a technique known as phishing, which is used to steal data or carry out fraud. It is said that hackers in North Macedonia have developed a notorious reputation, from producing fake news during the last US election to carrying out a disproportionate number of cybercrime offences.
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