Gangsters Sign Up For Internet Access
from the a-world-wide-web-of-extortion-opportunities dept
This certainly isn't new, but it appears that authorities are finally realizing that organized crime has seen the internet and understood its potential for profit. More and more online scams are being run by sophisticated organized crime groups - and not just teenaged hackers in their bedrooms (who, honestly, were never that good at running scams in the first place). They say that, increasingly, organized crime rings are specifically trying to recruit tech savvy programmers, and are apparently doing a good job in Eastern Europe where many of these scams originate. What isn't said in the article, though, is that (so far) the online organized crime rings have been able to run circles around most law enforcement. The article mentions some arrests, but it has done little to slow down the scams - and many involved seem not at all worried about their chances of getting caught.