How Much it Costs to Rent a Botnet to DDoS

Internet security threat researchers identified Russian hackers who are offering access to malware-infected computers for rent. According to Webroot, the cost to rent a botnet depends on where the infected computers are located. These botnets can be used a various purposes, but are mostly used to attack servers in a distributed denial-of-service (DDos) attack. The… Continue reading How Much it Costs to Rent a Botnet to DDoS

AK-47 Trafficking into Central Nigeria

Over the span of 10 years, thousands of people have been killed due to religious and ethnic violence in the Central Nigerian region known as the Middle Belt. Contributing to the violence is an estimated 5,000 firearms that were illegally trafficked into the area. Out of those illicit arms, about 3,500 are AK-47s that were… Continue reading AK-47 Trafficking into Central Nigeria

Human Smuggling Fee From China to Europe in 2013

In August 2013, a human smuggling gang operating in Spain and France was broken up by police. The smuggling gang was charging Chinese migrants over $53,000 (€40,000) per person to be smuggled into Europe. The migrants would eventually settle in the United Kingdom or the United States. Included in the fee would be fake passports… Continue reading Human Smuggling Fee From China to Europe in 2013

Illegal Street Vendors in Paris

According to police in Paris, there are between 300 to 400 vendors in Paris who sell trinkets to tourists around the Eiffel Tower during the summer season. Police state that Chinese gangs import souvenirs from China and then sells the goods to other sellers. In a raid by police in July 2013, authorities discovered 60… Continue reading Illegal Street Vendors in Paris

Increase in Counterfeit Goods Seizures in France

Customs Officials in France seized around 200,000 counterfeit items being shipped into the country in 1994. In 2011, the number of counterfeit products seized by Customs increased to 8.3 million. According to officials, 70 percent of the fakes originate from Asia. One-third of the orders for the fake goods were placed on the Internet. France… Continue reading Increase in Counterfeit Goods Seizures in France

Top Countries in the EU Where Fake Toys Were Seized in 2011

In 2011, criminal justice agencies in the European Union seized 2.1 million counterfeit toys.  According to a breakdown by Toy News, five countries in the EU accounted for 57 percent of those seizures. Top five EU member states where fake toys were seized in 2011: 1. Romania:  319,174 counterfeit toys seized. 2. Germany:  308,506 counterfeit… Continue reading Top Countries in the EU Where Fake Toys Were Seized in 2011

Price to be Smuggled Out of the United Kingdom

In addition to smuggling illegal immigrants in to the United Kingdom, human smugglers also move people out of the country. According to the BBC’s Panorama program, smugglers charge immigrants up to $2,373 (£1,500) to transport people out of the UK and bring them to the French port city of Calais. The immigrants them move on… Continue reading Price to be Smuggled Out of the United Kingdom

Cocaine Use in Switzerland Highest in Europe

A study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, cocaine use in cities in Switzerland is among the highest in Europe.

Everyday, up to 1.5 grams of cocaine is consumed by every 1,000 citizens in the Swiss cities of Bern, Geneva, Lucerne and Zurich.

In other European cities such as Barcelona, London, Milan and Paris, between 0.5 to 1 grams of cocaine is used by every 1,000.

Norther European cities had the lowest reported levels of cocaine use, with Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki registering 0.15 grams of cocaine use daily per 1,000 residents.

Across Europe, up to 356 kilograms of cocaine is consumed each day, which is 10 to 15 percent of the total global cocaine consumption.