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Russian Cybergangs Make the Web a Dangerous Place

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Good article on Russian Cyber gangs from CIO.com.   These gangs have perfected the art of stealing via high tech means.   These groups are making it difficult for legitimate Internet “affiliate” programs to do business.   After you read the excerpt, you can read the full article by clicking on the link at the bottom of the post:

“Russian cybergangs have established a robust system for promoting Web sites that sell fake antivirus software, pharmaceuticals and counterfeit luxury products, according to a new report from security vendor Sophos.

To sell bogus goods, many of those sites rely on hundreds of “affiliate networks,” which are essentially contractors that find ways to direct Web users to the bad sites, wrote Dmitry Samosseiko, a Sophos analyst. He made a presentation this week at the Virus Bulletin security conference in Geneva.

Affiliate networks have been around for a long time and there are many legitimate ones. But “the majority of the most powerful and controversial affiliate networks are based in Russia,” Samosseiko wrote.”

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