First Cases of Krokodil Reported in the United States

The first cases of krokodil was reported in the United States in September 2013. Public heath programs in the state of Arizona identified two cases of the drug in September. The official name of the chemical is desomorphine, and it was first identified in Russia in 2002. The drug is made with a mix of… Continue reading First Cases of Krokodil Reported in the United States

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

Cost to Learn How to Hack Online

According to a cyber security intelligence expert, criminal hackers are offering online courses that allows aspiring cyber criminals to learn how to hack and conduct cyber crime operations on the Internet. The courses offer lessons on hacking fundamentals such as online credit and debit card fraud, staying anonymous online, and how to evade law enforcement.… Continue reading Cost to Learn How to Hack Online

Russian Gangs Involved in Smuggling Drugs

Russia’s Counter-Narcotics Agency stated that there are nearly 1,900 organized crime groups and 150 major drug cartels that are trafficking illegal drugs into Russia. These illegal networks operate in Central Asia and use 100,000 drug mules to transport heroin from Afghanistan into Russia. Intelligence agencies across Russia estimate that there are over 2,000 drug processing… Continue reading Russian Gangs Involved in Smuggling Drugs

Cultural Artifacts and Artwork Stolen From Russia

The Interior Ministry of Russia estimates that nearly $1 Billion worth of cultural artifacts and artwork has been stolen from Russian and smuggled to the black market during the past 15 years. Interpol stated that museums in Russia had the most artwork stolen from their property, ahead of museums in France, Germany and Italy.  A… Continue reading Cultural Artifacts and Artwork Stolen From Russia

Earnings for a Russian Cyber Crime Gang Selling Spam

Cyber security researchers estimate that organized criminal gangs in Russia make up to $60 Million a year from selling spam. The spammers control computers infected with a virus that allows the spambot to send out emails selling Viagra or any type other type of product. Most of the infected computers are located in Brazil, India,… Continue reading Earnings for a Russian Cyber Crime Gang Selling Spam

Siberian Tigers Killed in 2012-2013

Officials with the World Wildlife Fund stated that at least 19 Siberian Tigers were killed by poachers between 2012 and the first half of 2013 in Russia. The body parts of a Siberian tiger can be sold for up to $50,000 on the black market in China. (More prices of the illegal wildlife trade.) Source: “Poachers… Continue reading Siberian Tigers Killed in 2012-2013

Earnings for Criminal Gangs from Ransomware

Computer security company Symantec reported that criminal gangs are making up to $5 Million a year by placing ransomware on computers. Ransomware viruses freezes an infected computer and places fake warnings from the FBI. The fake message tells the computer user to pay a fine or face arrest. These scams were originally focused in Eastern… Continue reading Earnings for Criminal Gangs from Ransomware

Prostitutes in Russia

According to various estimates, the number of prostitutes working in Russia range from 700,000 to 3 million. (Number of prostitutes by country.) Source:  Marina Obrazkova, “Petersburg sex workers not allowed to register trade union,: Russia Beyond the Headlines, July 31, 2013.

Movie Piracy and Torrents in Russia

According to the Motion Picture Association of America, people in Russia download 31 million unlicensed American movies each year using torrent services. In 2012, the International Intellectual Property Alliance found that there were 0 cases of Internet piracy prosecution cases during the year. (More movie piracy statistics.) Source:  Ilya Khrennikov, “Netflix Clones in Russia Get… Continue reading Movie Piracy and Torrents in Russia