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Russia, No More a Safe Harbor for Cyber Crime

According to RAEC (Russian Association of Electronic Communications), a trade body in Russia, spammers and other cyber-criminals may not find the country a safe place to carry out their vicious activities. The body has been canvassing for curtailing the deficiencies that restrict the country's cyber-crime laws, as well as building global collaboration.

Reportedly, since its establishment in 2006, RAEC has been hastening to make Russia an integral part of the worldwide Internet economy. The country's IT has launched a grand program for determining Russian Internet rules and assisting in encouraging the legitimate IT growth within Russia.

Dmitry Zakharov, Director of Communications at RAEC, noted that because of cyber-crime activities inside Russia, the country's reputation in foreign countries is being hampered as reported by Channelregister.co.uk on April 12, 2010.

Zakharov also says that the problem is that proficient technology people are not getting suitable jobs. Consequently, they engage in all sorts of illegal occupations. Moreover, it isn't that numerous people seek to become criminals; nevertheless, with capitalism being relatively young in Russia, there's a dearth of sufficient civilized jobs.

In a research that RAEC published, Zakharov also observes that out of the ten greatest spammers worldwide, 7 are Russians. These spammers are based in Moscow, from where they regulate the largest network of spam promoting pharmaceuticals online.

Besides, according to the research, Russian spammers profited 3.74 Billion Rubles ($127 Million) during 2009. A fifth of the total online ads in Russia are spam. While 17.3% of the total global spam is from US-based servers, making USA the top spam haven, Russian spam coming from US-based computer servers is 16.4%.

Additionally, approximately 83% of junk e-mails come out from botnets i.e., large networks of compromised PCs located in offices and homes. RAEC, in its research, reveals that advertisements promoting fake Viagra, account for 73.7% of total global spam.

Also, 10,000-20,000 people are reportedly engage in underground activities inside Russia. This population helps in illegal operations like committing bank fraud, selling scareware and forcing pharmacy spam.

Finally, according to RAEC, as Russia virtually has no anti-spam legislation, there is nothing surprising that they are on with executing illicit activities openly, without any fear of being prosecuted.

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