Europol’s IOCTA 2021 shows rise in cybercrime in the past year

The Europol’s Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) 2021 presents the most important developments concerning Europe’s cyber threat landscape during the past year. It reveals a rising number of cyber offences since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past year, businesses have become victims of more and more advanced ransomware attacks and high-volume attacks. Moreover, DDoS attackers have increasingly targeted SMEs and cybercrime-as-a-service has become a lucrative business model, making cyber-attacks more effective. 

Europol recommends more collaboration and information-sharing in response to new and on-going cyber threats. Europol’s Executive Director Catherine De Bolle and the Head of Europol’s European Cybercrime, Centre Edvardas Šileris, emphasise the importance of the cooperation of the public and private sector in combatting cybercrime. 


Find the IOCTA 2021 here

Find a Europol news press on current cyber threats here