On 11 and 12 October 2017, Eurojust hosted the third plenary meeting of the European Judicial Cybercrime Network (EJCN). For the EJCN, established in 2016 and composed of prosecutors and judges specialised in cybercrime, it was the first meeting in the new Eurojust premises in The Hague.
Mr Klaus Meyer-Cabri, Vice-President of Eurojust, welcomed the participants to the meeting, underlining the important work of the EJCN against the backdrop of recent large-scale cyber attacks such as WannaCry and NotPetya and the increased focus on cyber security on EU level.
During the meeting, the participants discussed issues ranging from electronic evidence to bitcoins and the European Investigation Order. Prosecutors from Germany and the Netherlands presented the criminal investigation leading up to the takedown of Hansa Market, an illegal online marketplace, on 20 July 2017. The case, which was supported by Eurojust and Europol's EC3, illustrated the many technical and legal challenges to combating criminality on the darknet. The coordinated, networked and highly innovative approach taken in the investigation was viewed by the EJCN as best practice, and could serve as a prime example for future takedowns of darknet marketplaces.
An important part of the work of the EJCN concerns cooperation with and contribution to the activities of EU bodies and institutions. At the meeting, the participants received updates on the activities of the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, Eurojust, EC3, the European Judicial Network, the Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) and the Global Prosecutors E-Crime Network, which falls under the International Association of Prosecutors.
The EJCN is supported by Eurojust. Ms Daniela Buruiana, Chair of Eurojust’s Taskforce on Cybercrime, underlined the close cooperation between the EJCN and Eurojust, leading to a strong symbiosis between the expertise in international judicial cooperation available at Eurojust and the operational and subject matter expertise of the members of the EJCN.
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