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Net-security.org says Ukraine is a refuge for organized hackers crime.

At large: Shaileshkumar Jain (above left) and Bjorn Daniel Sundin (right) have been charged with wire fraud and hit with a $163 million judgment after allegedly bilking consumers by selling fake antivirus products through their now-defunct company Innovative Marketing, which was based in Kiev. Photo Credit: Courtesy of U.S. Department of Justice , published by technologyreview.com

According to net-security.org , the reasons behind Ukraine beinmg a refuge for hackers is a combination of inadequate legislation, a police force that lacks knowledge and authority, poverty, and politics heavily influenced by corruption and organized crime.

As the five Ukrainian hackers who have allegedly used the Conficker worm to syphon over $72 million from US bank accounts still walk around free while the investigation into their activities seems to yield unsatisfactory results even a year and a half later, even officials of the Security Service of Ukraine are forced to admit that Ukraine is a potential source of cyber threats to other countries.

The problem with the lack of adequate laws that would sanction cyber criminal activities can be tied to Ukraine’s political situation.

According to the editor of Ukraine Analyst Taras Kuzio, the Ukrainian governing elite – similarly to the Russian one – is not interested in updating laws because that is not in the interest of the organized crime groups that exert inappropriate influence over the government and its decisions.

He pointed out that those who want to make a difference and change things are often thwarted and – as the example of the former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko shows – even imprisoned in order to be stopped.

Intellectual piracy, copyright infringement and plagiarism are an everyday thing in Ukraine, he says, because there is no actual rule of law that would sanction such behavior. And even when investigations are mounted against some offenders, law enforcement is rarely able to…READ MORE HERE