As part of a global special operation involving Europol, 4.4 million units of medical devices of illegal origin were seized over the past few weeks.
In the European Union, sales of illegal drugs and medical supplies via the Internet have increased sharply in connection with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. This was stated in a video message by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday, March 24.
вЂњAccording to EU agencies, the number of cybercrimes has increased. An impressive number of fake medicines, disinfection sprays, and вЂњmiracle medicinesвЂќ are sold online. We are working with member governments to counter this and protect our citizens,вЂќ von der Leyen said.
According to her data, as part of a global special operation involving Europol, 4.4 million units of medical devices of illegal origin were seized in the past few weeks, 37 organized criminal groups were exposed, and 121 people were arrested. As part of the special operation, 2,500 links to websites and social networks were blocked.
In times of #coronavirus, cyber crime & number of fake medicines are on the rise. Our fear becomes the business opportunity of criminals. Had a call on this with @Europol's director this AM. With national govs &????????agencies we'll keep dangerous counterfeit medicine out of your way. pic.twitter.com/5sFVQNa3dz— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) March 24, 2020
Earlier, Ursula von der Leyen acknowledged the inability to stop the coronavirus but called for everything to be done to slow its spread.