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Mobsters targeting Australians online

Australians are being targeted by Eastern European organised crime families using the internet to extort and steal far from home. Delegates at the annual AusCERT Asia Pacific Internet Security Conference on the Gold Coast were warned today that mobsters were hiring computer programmers to take their brand of criminal activity online. The deputy head of Britain’s National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, Superintendent Mick Deats, said one Eastern European syndicate with interests in prostitution, drugs and gun smuggling was also earning money all over the world from internet credit card fraud, software piracy, child pornography and online extortion. “This particular group, to our knowledge so far, employs 10 programmers,” he said. Full Story

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