As technology enters the 21st century, Internet gambling has also emerged as a popular multi-billion dollar industry. What online gamblers may not know is that under U. In some cases, hackers steal credit card numbers, bank account numbers and passwords to rack up millions of dollars in illegal profits. According to law enforcement agencies, there are numerous reports of organized crime operations from Russia and Eastern Europe carrying out denial-of-service DOS attacks, to blackmail online gambling sites and e-commerce websites.
In late and early , online casino news reported that the FBI and National Hi-Tech Crime units discovered that computer hackers employed by Russian mafia launched a DOS attack on Worldpay System affecting thousands of online casinos. Matai of M, which monitors unauthorized computer hacking says criminal syndicates hired by Russian mafia have targeted large online payment systems owned by gambling sites. Technically, DOS attacks involve flooding a website with malicious traffic, and exhausting the servers with false requests.
Gambling websites are targeted due to the time-specific nature of service. Another expert, T. Microsoft representatives have known about the holes since and posted the patches on their websites to fix them. These attacks have shown that this is not the case. In February , Russian organized crime scored another target by taking control of Grafix Softech, the largest Internet gaming enterprise that operates gambling websites. The shutdown was devastating.
They discovered the Russian criminals had bypassed firewalls and other security systems and inserted a virus into the five servers that Grafix used for online operations. Russian organized crime ROC refers to criminal groups, the so-called Russian mafia, who are notorious villains from the fifteen republics which includes the former Soviet Union.
ROC activities have existed for over twenty years in the U. Russia is the home base for ROC global enterprise. In the U. ROC crimes are murder, money laundering, extortion, loan sharking, auto theft, weapons and sex-slave trafficking, counterfeit currency and complex fraud schemes.
The ROC is a pervasive, dominating force on American soil. James Finckenauer, a mafia expert and professor at Rutgers University in New York, is an expert on Russian organized crime. Russian crime gangs operating in western countries, according to Finckenauer, are incorrectly labeled as the Russian mafia. Organized gangs, made up of Russian and former Eastern Bloc immigrants, typically commit scams involving financial transactions, bank and credit card fraud, postal theft and forgery.
The gangs have none of the traditions historically associated with the mafia, the hierarchical structure, codes of behavior and community respect. Still though, experts agree, Russian mafia and Russian organized crime groups blend together to accomplish exact goals: to make tons of illegal profits. Russian criminal groups in the U. Ringleader Michael Smushkevich was sentenced to 21 years in prison for numerous fraud convictions. His brother, David, testified for prosecutors and received probation.
Another example of the Russians criminal enterprises involves the largest money laundering operation in the U. Billions of dollars were laundered into the Bank of New York. Following a federal investigation, the bank suspended two Russian female employees, Natasha Gurfinkel Kagalovsky and Lucy Edwards, whose names surfaced during the investigation.
Both employees were senior officers in the European division of the bank. Both were married to Russian businessmen. One of these men controlled the accounts. The article said Cryptologic, a Canadian software firm that develops online casino games, became a target when a hacker rigged the craps and video slots so players would never lose. Security investigation showed the hacker altered the winning percentage to percent, with each roll of the dice producing doubles.
Every spin of the slots produced straight matches. Over the past few years, the U. Justice Department, FBI, Secret Service and other national and international government agencies increased efforts to neutralize cyber-crime. Attorney General John D.
Businesses are expected to spend billions of dollars within five years to stave off online thieves, hackers and other tech-scams, according to market researcher IDC Corp. IDC also indicated that 65 percent of online attacks originate overseas. Internet fraud also presents an enormous legal dilemma. International law, experts admit, is often ill-suited to deal with the problem.
Complicating apprehensions is the fact the high-tech unit officers in Russia are either understaffed, inadequately trained and service pay is small. Some officers are in cahoots with organized crime, which creates an influx of computer criminals to work undetected for years. Only five percent said Americans were better. Hackers, on this cool site, have their own rules and jokes. Visitors can talk or ask questions and even inquire how to break into networks.
Do not use this information to commit a crime. Pavel Semjanov is a lawyer who will arrange contact with Russian hackers only if an interview is used for research or educational studies. In Russia, there are specialized training schools for crooks to learn hacking skills. On a daily basis, the crew works from Internet Cafz near the Russian capital, answering Internet advertisements for programmers, ads that are intentionally planted by Russian mafia groups in Moscow, St.
Petersburg and Murmansk. This program assists hackers to create their own viruses or generate credit card numbers. Though Levin was arrested, his clever scheme inspired other hackers. Russian organized crime groups, foreign intelligence and U. Both were arrested within three weeks after the FBI documented illegal activities using a computer spy program. What led the FBI to nail the Russians? A selfish need called greed. Their game plan never deviated.
Such tactics netted the criminals large sums of money. Those who paid were great customers. We have access to credit card information. On a purely subjective level, on my one stroll down the strip and into a few of the glittering mega-casino-resort-mall-extravaganzas I heard a goodly amount of Russian being spoken and there are specialist Russian tour operators bringing the new moneyed classes here.
On the other hand, even though — despite the massive strides made in cleaning up the city — organized crime is certainly alive, well and avowedly multi-ethnic in Vegas, I can find very few traces of Russian activity here. Bulgarians defrauding car dealers , Armenians skimming ATMs and using the city for gang sit-downs , but not Russians. First of all, for all their reputation for casual violence, they are actually often quite conservative and appreciate that turf wars are bad for business.
So, they help smuggle in girls and drugs, launder dirty money and generally make themselves useful. Secondly, they learn fast. The result has been an upsurge both in underground casinos which also led to a notorious intra-silovik conflict around Moscow and gaming-tourism, as the Russian new rich head everywhere from Macao to Bolivia. However, there are some gangsters willing to bet that the big money will be made in the new generation of casinos being built in these approved gambling regions.
Moscow says it will closely regulate who gets licenses to build these casinos and how they are run, but the government is riddled with corruption and it has chosen four areas which are not just geographically distant but often in regions already infamous for criminal influence.
No wonder some within Russian organized crime are viewing these new developments as potential gold mines to follow from the profits they are already making from the Sochi Winter Olympics project. It helps that the government is offering very generous tax breaks in the hope of attracting the big global casino corporations to these development.
So the Russian gangsters are coming to Vegas. Not to try and take over, but to learn. Maybe to pick up some partners, some investors. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
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Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Investigators, short-sellers and journalists had for many years raised questions about possible illegality by some of the tens of thousands of smaller customers for which Wirecard processed payments. Last year an Italian man, Francesco Martiradonna, a year-old from Bari, was sentenced in Italy to 11 years in prison for placing CenturionBet, which Italian prosecutors judged him to control, at the disposal of various organised criminal groups, who used the company for money laundering purposes and tax evasion.
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Personal Finance Show more Personal Finance. Interpol has a red notice out on Tokhtakhounov, who was previously indicted for bribing ice skating judges at the Winter Olympics. Tokhtakhounov lives in Russia and has been on the Forbes list of the world's 10 Most Wanted fugitives since it was first compiled in Tokhtakhounov did admit, however, that he knows two of the defendants and occasionally placed bets on sporting events with them starting two to three years ago.
It was a bookmaking company. Although none of the rings' clients have been named three former clients will likely provide evidence during the trial , one of the defendants, poker impresario Molly Bloom, was previously reported to have run exclusive games for such A-list actors and athletes as Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Alex Rodriguez — and Matt Damon, the star of Rounders.
DiCaprio has been photographed with Nahmad on at least two occasions. Instead, members came into the organizations as partners, providing money, expertise or connections. Hillel Nahmad also allegedly worked with Illya Trincher to launder money. The pair face prison terms of nearly years each.
Prosecutors said that Azen had dispatched mixed martial arts fighters to collect a debt from one client. In addition, federal prosecutors during Anatoly Golubchik's bail hearing linked the accused Taiwanchik-Trincher conspirator to a murder-suicide at a hotel near New York's John F.
Kennedy International Airport. The activities of the two Trincher organizations point to wider trends in Russian-speaking organized crime, according to Galeotti. At the same time, the focus on gambling is a tangent to the main mafia activity in North America -- white-collar crime, Galeotti said. These days, it's fraud of all kinds. Since white-collar crime represents the majority of Russian mafia operations in the United States, the case won't likely have much of a broader chilling effect, he added.
In addition, Armenian thief-in-law Armen Kazarian was sentenced to 37 months in prison in February in connection with what authorities described as the largest Medicare fraud ever.
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А параллельно увидела еще надавали пробничков - как-то по цвету мне чрезвычайно приглянулись, калоритные, стала сушить, перламутровые, ложатся вроде хорошо - что ли испытать ну и эффект был ошеломляющий, локоны :shock: :D для моих томных густых волос все лаки экстра-фиксации - тьфу, плюнуть и растереть, хватает полдня :evil: было махнула рукою на пробы сконструировать на голове, таковой сурприз :roll: Срочно пару л.