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Russian State Duma considers revising cybercrime legislation

News ImageOn November 2 the Russian Association of Electronic Communications (RAEC,) Commission on Cybercrime, held an extended press conference with representatives of the Internet industry on the theme of 'Unmasking of one of the biggest spammers in the world - taking the fight against cybercrime in Russia ‘.

The press conference was attended by Sergei Plugotarenko, Director of NP RAEC, Irina leva, coordinator and lead analyst for the Commission on Cybercrime NP RAE, Robert Schlegel Duma deputy, Andrew Vorobyov Director of Public Relations of Russia's national domain registrar RU-CENTER, Matthew Alexeev representative of "Filanko", Ilya Sachkov, General Director of Group-IB, Pavel Zaitsev, a member of the public organization National Anti-Corruption Committee.

Lawyer Alexei Kupriyanov, director of the Law Office of Alexei Kupriyanov, and member of the Moscow Bar Association, represented the interests of fugitive Igor Gusev, CEO of Despmediya, alleged 'Glavmed' spam operator responsible for $120m of fraudulent gains.

The main points from the press conference are summarized here:

Irina BGN (Lead Analyst, RAEC) posed the dilemma: "The main problem is that there is a lack of coordination in the the legislative framework between different countries. As spam is transboundary, the solution needs to be at the same level. Unfortunately, international cooperation is not yet established. We intend to continue with the Runet spam-free program and we are ready to assist in developing a legislative framework that will conform to international initiatives in this area. The solution to the problem must be on a global level."

Alexander Kupriyanov, representing Igor Gusev, said he did not know where geographically his client is, and denies his guilt. However, Kupriyanov said that "spam is profitable for communication specialists and providers - it increases their traffic and revenues." According to him, "a spam-free Internet would be the same as clogged water pipes, through which water is hardly flowing .... Only thanks to spam the Internet can function normally," said the lawyer.

It was as a result of search operations carried out by the Russian police that the world's biggest criminal network was exposed. This operation enabled the prosecution of Gusev Igor Anatolyevich. the head of the partner network Glavmed which specialized in the distribution of pharmacological spam.

The press conference participants were asked about proposing new measures that could toughen up the fight against spam.

General Director of Group-IB Ilya Sachkov, an official consultant to law enforcement agencies on cybercrime, suggested expanding on the use of Part 2 of Art. 171 of the Criminal Code (illegal business). It offers active use of Article 272 and 273 of the Criminal Code, in accordance with the explanation of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation (Article 272. Illegal access to computer information, Article 273. The creation, use and dissemination of harmful computer programs).

Director of the Department of Public Relations Russia's national domain registrar RU-CENTER Andrei Vorobyov said that according to INHOPE, the International Association of Internet Hotlines, there would be tens of thousands of illegal content sites operating this year. Andrei Vorobyov added that the current practice of registering domain names, allows criminals to register using forged passports made from using Photoshop."

State Duma Deputy Robert Schlegel said: "We together with the RAEC have a working group on a whole range of projects on which we are discussing Internet legislation. The issue of cooperation with the state sector and of international cooperation are very important to us. The State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications - is open to cooperation on these issues. "

The representative of the National Anti-Corruption Committee, Pavel Zaitsev, spoke in favor of a comprehensive fight against spammers: "Here we need a wider approach, it is not just about fighting the illegal business.  There is the question of the legalization of the proceeds of crime (money laundering) that is a felony. And at the level of ATC CAO, the department for combating tax crime, as in the case of Igor Gusev, this is a small case. We need to give it to a higher priority," said Zaitsev.

During the press conference, the RAEC Commission on cybercrime presented the results of a study conducted in early 2010. It showed that the annual cost of spam in Russia amounted to 14,1 billion rubles,(USD454.9 million) and the market turnover of spam in Russia was more than 3,5 billion rubles (USD113.7 million).

In conclusion, Sergei Plugotarenko (Director RAEC) said: "We need to unite the efforts of the NP RAEC Commission on Cybercrime and the NP RAEC Commission on Legislation with a view to reaching a decision on the issues raised, in particular to complement 'information on the web' with a professional code for activities on the Internet - which should be the main regulatory consultative document. "

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