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Mobsters target Australians online
- From: Sean Donelan
- Date: Thu May 27 14:48:37 2004
Until you actually arrest the person, it is sometimes difficult to
determine where the criminals are actually based. Some people thought
the Sasser author was associated with Russia, not Germany.
Eastern European organised crime families are using the internet to
Delegates at the annual AusCERT Asia Pacific Internet Security
Conference on the Gold Coast were warned yesterday that mobsters were
hiring computer programmers to take their brand of criminal activity
The deputy head of Britain's National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, Superintendent
Mick Deats, said one Eastern European syndicate with interests in
prostitution, drugs and gun smuggling was also earning money all over
the world from internet credit card fraud, software piracy, child
pornography and online extortion.
"This particular group, to our knowledge so far, employ 10 programmers,"
American psychologist Max Kilger said hackers no longer fitted a typical
"The hacker stereotypes are long gone," he said.