It is unclear as to the origins of the suspended e-commerce sites, presumably they were all/mostly based in the UK, unfortunatley this information is not given for analysis.
The press release states that the Metropolitan Police E-Crime Unit suspended more than 2,000 e-commerce website deemded to be selling fake or non-existent goods. The e-commerce websites were offering low price goods from manufacturers such as GHD, Ugg, Tiffany and Nike. The goods were either counterfeit or never arrived, some sites also harvested credit card, bank details and personal information given by customers.
It is also unclear as to if the sites were suspended, siezed (pending further investgation and prosecution) or shut down.
If many gangs registered sites in bulk, how many actual gangs or criminals are under investigation, facing possible prosecution ? Would more information be beneficial to help the consumer/potential victim be better prepared, other than advising the usual update AV.. dedicated credit card for e-shopping.. etc ? Would releasing more details hinder further or current investigation or help consumers to avoid similar ilegal sites ?
“.. Police officers worked with domain registrars to identify the rogue traders and then used Nominet’s powers to seize and shut down the offending domains .. the E-Crime Unit said many gangs registered sites in bulk solely to dupe customers. He said the campaign to close the criminal sites would continue in the run-up to Christmas .. consumers should check a website’s credentials to ensure it was approved and reputable .. also consider using a credit card for payments over £100 and perhaps reserve one card for online shopping ..”
“The E-Crime Unit took similar action in 2010 when it shut down about 1,800 sites.”
So happy shopping with the usual rules, ie. you don’t get something for nothing, and if you pay peanuts you get monkeys.
Police crackdown on fake shopping sites
BBC News, created 21 November 2011.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15820758 – (Full Article) – last access 23 November 2011
E-Crime Unit take down fraudulent websites
Metropolitan Police, created 18 November 2011.
http://content.met.police.uk/News/ECrime-Unit-take-down-fraudulent-websites/1400004634037/1257246745756 – (Full Article) – last access 23 November 2011
Mexico gangsters have beheaded a 4th internet blogger by the name of Rascatripas (or Belly Scratcher) who was involved in moderating a blog called En Vivo, which posted news of criminal activities of the Zetas, a Mexican narcotics and extortion gang.
Recently a person said to be a member of Anonymous, has posted a video on YouTube claiming that the Zetas had kidnapped another Anonymous member.. threatening Zetas to return the victim unharmed or Anonymous will publish identities of Zetas and details of their protectors, in government and business.
Rumours of it being a possible hoax, have paralleled Anonymous publicising to drop the threat, due to the danger it posed to innocent lives.. although with comments like “wait and see” and more recently “expect us”, the jury is out.
Also, Police arrested two people in southern Veracruz state in September for posting rumors on Twitter about impending gangster attacks on schools. Following this Veracruz’s governor introduced a bill that would have outlawed such postings for “disturbing the public tranquility.” The bill was later dropped and the Twitter users released.
Gang sends message with blogger beheading
By Dudley Althaus, Houston Chronicle, 10 November 2011
http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Blogger-murdered-and-beheaded-in-Nuevo-Laredo-2260814.php – (Full Article) – last access 12 November 2011
Anonymous – Operation Zetas Hunt
TheAnonMessage, Youtube, posted 7 November 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lpJJgVfJD8 – (Video) – last access 12 November 2011
‘Hackers’ threaten Mexican drug cartel in YouTube film
BBC News Technology, 31 Ocotber 2011
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15520912 – (Full Article) – last access 12 November 2011
Anonymous Veracruz message to ZETA – English Mirror
lesleyblooddotcom, Youtube, posted 29 October 2011.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJORGO1Q2VY – (English Translated Video) – last access 12 November 2011