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Ukrainian Cops Close Years Old Malware Exchange Website

Police in Ukraine recently terminated one forum namely VX Heavens, which had been running since long while facilitating cyber-criminals to carry out their malicious operations, published pcworld.com dated March 30, 2012.

The forum's administrators, however, left one message on the website. They penned that for several years VX Heavens had been working hard for affirming its trusted task of providing members specialized, quality information regarding computer-virology and systems-security. They (administrators) always held the conviction that any authentic study, whatever the subject, including computer virology, could solely be done within an atmosphere of faith, transparency along with cooperation.

They then wrote that unfortunately, police confiscated the server on March 23, 2012 for a criminal investigation under Article 361-1 Criminal Code of Ukraine related to the offensive development of malware for propagating or selling the same. The investigation, according to the admins, was linked to somebody's advice on placement to some malware that could be freely accessed towards illegally hacking into PCs, mechanized machines and computer-networks.

In the end the admins posted that they'd legally establish they hadn't committed the alleged offence.

Senior Technology Consultant Graham Cluley for Sophos the security company stated that the active existence of VX Heavens spanned several years when it supported malware samples and classes for writing viruses. Nevertheless, the website possibly had a marginal role within an ever-growing underworld of cyber-crime, he continued. Cio.com reported this on March 29, 2012.

In addition Cluley stated that those utilizing VX Heavens possibly couldn't be clubbed with the profit-oriented, well-planned gangs of cyber-criminals. PC-operators were frequently troubled with the present-day happenings and preferably imitated yesteryear's hobbyist malware-writers, he further added. Nakedsecurity.sophos.com published this on March 28, 2012.

Now, despite what Cluley observed, the Ukrainian officials clearly did not approve the website's activities; consequently, they seized VX Heavens' server as they searched for crime indications.

However, Cluley warned that people creating malware or spreading viral-codes shouldn't be disillusioned as such acts now proved to the security specialists an immense worry. They weren't even a game any longer, while those treading in the field could unsurprisingly find the authorities become taut, he concluded.

Related article: Ukrainian Web Host of Malicious Programs Shutdown

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