From Russia with malice
Source: Daniel Thomas - Posted by Joe Shakespeare   
Security Virus writing is no longer the exclusive domain of teenage geeks designing malicious code in their bedroom.

Criminals are earning millions by dropping viruses and trojans onto computers of unsuspecting home users, siphoning money from online bank accounts, trading stolen identities, distributing porn and blackmailing firms.

And the former Soviet Union, with a high number of technically sophisticated but out of work programmers, is one of the major regions where this activity is on the increase.

Some 4044 cases of internet fraud were reported in Russia between 1999 and 2002, according to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs. But in the first half of last year this grew dramatically, with 4,295 internet-based crimes reported by Russian police. The majority were based around malicious code and information theft.

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