Crime in the Age of Technology

  • Oldrich Martinu Europol
  • Gary McEwen Europol
Keywords: Europol, Technology, Cybercrime


The serious and organised crime landscape in the EU has changed drastically in the past years - in large part due to advancements in technology. Criminals quickly adopt and integrate new technologies into their modi operandi or build brand-new business models around them. The use of new technologies by organised crime groups (OCGs) has an impact on criminal activities across the spectrum of serious and organised crime. This includes developments online, such as the expansion of online trade and widespread availability of encrypted communication channels, as well as other aspects of technological innovation such as more accessible and cheaper drone technology, automated logistics, and advanced printing technologies. Technology has become a key component of most, if not all, criminal activities carried out by OCGs in the EU and has afforded organised crime with an unprecedented degree of flexibility. The vital role of technology for organised crime is reflected in the data collected and analysed for the SOCTA 2017 presented by Europol in March 2017. Also the Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (iOCTA) issued by Europol in September provides updated findings regarding the misuse of technologies and the internet by criminals. What can the EU’s law enforcement community do to tackle the new challenges of crime in the age of technology?


Author Biographies

Oldrich Martinu, Europol

Deputy Executive Director Governance

Gary McEwen, Europol

Strategic Analyst

How to Cite
Martinu, O., & McEwen, G. (2018). Crime in the Age of Technology. European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin, (4 SCE), 23-28. Retrieved from