Sunday, September 13, 2009

Russian Cyberspace: A daylight in the dark world

Due to rapid increase in number of internet users and technology, the magnitude of threat-ratio is also multiplying every year. Cyber crime in today's fast moving world is considered as a potential business. FBI recorded and reported a loss of $265 million during the annual year of 2008. However, these does not cover other billions USD loss counted towards other parts of the world. Due to unfair nature of national and international cyber law enforcement structure and joint efforts of overseas government may result in serious problems between two or more countries.

Loss reported always become a part of "strategic revenue recovery plan" for the organizations by imposing higher prices on current products or by increasing the service charges for new or existing customers. Today's cyber crime is highly organized, transitional and very secretive with major criminal groups operating from more than 30 countries. The trend of cybercrime has emerged during the late 1990s to early 2000s in eastern Europe (i.e Republic of Soviet Union and other countries). Due to the presence of injustice and lack of law and order, the highly educated and technologically powered segments of population in Russia conduct sophisticated criminal activities to make their living. Apart from financial motivation, these criminals successfully suppress ethical anxiety and fear of stealing someone else entire life savings
by hiding their identity and forwarding the national justifications.

Statements like:
"They deserve what they are getting after what they've done to us"
"We are taking back what's rightfully ours"
are really common in online forums based in Eastern Europe. The highlights of which can be seen below:

In October 2004, FBI run a joint operation with Secret Service and USPIS called "Operation Firewall" which resulted in several arrests and termination of online criminal portals, "ShadowCrew" and "CarderPlanet". Other successful operations have also come forward, such as "Operation Cardkeeper" and "DarkMarket" in 2006 targeting the US and Western European criminals, concluded in October 2008 with 60 consecutive arrests. This fear has brought significant changes to the underground community such that many have left this illegal business and took their careers in different directions and those who remain intact gone underground.