Most of top 100 cybercriminal programmers based in Russian-speaking world says Europol

BBC News reports: There are only “around 100” cybercriminal kingpins behind global cybercrime, according to the head of Europol’s Cybercrime Centre.

Speaking to the BBC’s Tech Tent radio show, Troels Oerting said that law enforcers needed to target the “rather limited group of good programmers”.

“We roughly know who they are. If we can take them out of the equation then the rest will fall down,” he said.

Although, he added, fighting cybercrime remained an uphill battle.

“This is not a static number, it will increase unfortunately,” he said.

“We can still cope but the criminals have more resources and they do not have obstacles. They are driven by greed and profit and they produce malware at a speed that we have difficulties catching up with.”

The biggest issue facing cybercrime fighters at the moment was the fact that it was borderless, he told the BBC.

“Criminals no longer come to our countries, they commit their crimes from a distance and because of this I cannot use the normal tools to catch them.

“I have to work with countries I am not used to working with and that scares me a bit,” he said.

The majority of the cybercrime “kingpins” were located in the Russian-speaking world, he said. [Continue reading…]

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