Surprised? US ranks a measly No. 9 in cybercrime and hacking threats!

26 February 2016 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Authors: Peter Vogel

Darkreading identified trivia about the US that  cybercrime “costs the average US firm $15 million per year” in its “Cybercrime And Hacking Atlas” Guide about  “cybercrime threat and target trends in 10 notable countries.”  Among other details the Guide included these Notable Hackers:

Russia: Evgeniy Bogachev, also known as Slavik, is thought to be the mastermind behind the GameOver ZeuS botnet. US authorities estimate that he is responsible for losses of over $100 million to US bank accounts alone. While the FBI is offering an unheard-of $3 million dollar reward for information leading to his capture, it’s widely reported that he’s treated as a hero at home along the Black Sea and Russia has taken no steps to arrest him.

Turkey: Ercan Findikoglu was recently extradited to the United States to face charges that he is responsible for over $55 million in theft. Findikoglu allegedly hacked several payment processing firms, lifted withdrawal limits on stolen prepaid debit cards, and orchestrated fraudulent ATM transactions worldwide.

Iceland: Sigurdur Thordarsson, or “Siggi the Hacker,” is a former associate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Thordarsson later became an FBI informant. While he ultimately found himself in prison, it wasn’t for cybercrime: it was for rape and sexual misconduct with minors.

The Top Ten in Darkreading’s Guide are as follows:

  1. Hungary
  2. Italy
  3. Romania
  4. Brazil
  5. Russia
  6. Turkey
  7. China
  8. Iceland
  9. United States
  10. India

No one should be surprised by the scope of cybercrime or that the US is in the Top Ten!

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