Ukraine seen as a growing 'haven for hackers'

    Date14 Mar 2012
    CategoryLatest News
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    Posted ByDave Wreski
    erhaps the biggest mistake the recently arrested leaders of the Anonymous spinoff hacker group LulzSec made was operating in the U.S. and European countries instead of Ukraine. There, they might have remained beyond the reach of the law indefinitely. The Kyiv Post last week reported that in spite of the high-profile arrests of five alleged hacker "kingpins" in October 2010, "Ukraine's would-be major crackdown on cybercrime is increasingly looking like (a) real bust." The result is the country becoming, "a haven for hackers," in the view of analysts, including some Ukraine security officials.

    The five, who allegedly used Conficker, a fast-spreading worm unleashed in 2008, to steal more than $72 million from U.S. bank accounts, faced up to six years in prison.

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