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Russian Cybercriminals Cashing In On Swine Flu With Bogus Pills

The Swine flu epidemic has left the major countries like UK, US, Germany, France scrambling to get hold of Tamiflu, the anti-swine flu medicine whose production is said to be way behind scheduled.

Taking advantage of this panic induced buying, Russian Webcrooks, also called Partnerka are directing search engine traffic to bogus ‘Canadian Pharmacy’ websites with the help of spam emails, search engine manipulation and other techniques.

These pseudo-pharmaceutical websites, whose numbers are said to be in hundreds, claim to be located in Canada, providing a cover of legitimacy, may very well be located anywhere in the world.

These websites are said to be selling drugs which are probably counterfeit or way past their expiry date. When surfers search the web for Tamiflu they are directed to these online pharmacies where they are offered a generic version of the drug, which has a high chance of being dangerous to the user's health.

According to Sophos, the anti-virus developer, Glavmed, one of the most well known Russian web affiliates earn as much as $16,000 per day by promoting dodgy pharmaceutical websites and are getting a cut of 20-40% from the sale of such counterfeit drugs.

Expressing his views on the subject, Graham Cluely, a senior developer at Sophos mentioned that these web affiliates are not only bombing the users with spam but are illegally promoting these unlicensed pharmaceutical websites apart from risking the personal data and health of the buyer.

Our Comments

The problem is that those who buy the products are unlikely to be aware of the nefarious impacts of those pills. If you are planning to buy any medecine online, make sure that you buy them from renowned outlets.

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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.