February 1, 2011

Wired article on Romanian cybercrime haven

Wired posted an interesting article on the centralized nature of Romanian cybercrime. I've done some work in this area [investigations side, not operations ;)] and the bulk of it rings pretty true to what I've seen. A particularly interesting segment:

Online thievery as a ticket to the good life spread from the early pioneers to scores of young men, infecting Râmnicu Vâlcea’s social fabric. The con artists were the ones with the nice cars and fancy clothes—the local kids made good. And just as in Silicon Valley, the clustering of operations in one place made it that much easier for more to get started. “There’s a high concentration of people offering the kinds of services you need to build a criminal scheme,” says Gary Dickson, an FBI agent who worked in Bucharest from 2005 to 2010. “If your specialty is auction frauds, you can find a money pick-up guy. If you’re a money pick-up guy, you can find a buyer for your services.”
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