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Professional Hackers join the outsourcing wagon

The Russian Business Network, an ISP and Web hosting provider which was based until now in St Petersburg, Russia, has been one of the main artisans of e-crime propagation on a global scale.

The organisation made money out of hosting and promoting online criminal operations like hacking, phishing, mass spamming or identity theft, providing Malware-as-a-service features.

According to Computerworld (opens in new tab)and the Washington Post (opens in new tab), RBN has decided to move premises, delocalise and probably outsource its activities as well.

Trendmicro (opens in new tab) researchers discovered yesterday that the RBN had dropped out of the Internet although RBN like activities have been spreading all over the Asia and the Middle East in places where the legal framework to combat e-crime is very weak or inexistent.

Others like Matthew Richard, director of the rapid response team for Verisign-owned iDefense, says that RBN's customers might have wanted to take things in their own hands and look elsewhere.

They are likely to use other (opens in new tab) bullet proof hosting providers which make law enforcers and legislators tasks altogether more difficult as they are often based overseas.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.