I have made a selection of all press-releases for cybercrime cases in the first half of 2010 year in an attempt to analyze the data with respect to types of cybercrime most often encountered, areas covered, etc.
The total number of cases found is 12.
Romanian counties involved:
From a total of 41 counties in Romania, the actual number of counties in which computer related criminal activities were found is 19. On top, we can see the capital city Bucharest in 4 of the cases, Bacau, Constanta and Iasi in 3 cases, Hunedoara with 2, and the rest of the counties in the list with one case each.
Cross border criminal activity:
We can see from the data that, with the exception of two cases, the computer related criminal activity targeted foreign countries from Europe and America and even Australia and New Zealand.
Organized crime networks:
In all 12 cases there were hearings for 272 persons, part of them being arrested.
With the exception of one case, in which a single person appeared to be involved, all the others have multiple authors appeared to be involved as follows:
- under 10 persons - 3 cases
- between 10 and 20 persons - 3 cases
- between 20 and 35 persons - 4 cases
- 51 persons in one case
- 70 persons in one case
- financing the travel abroad for the group members and financing the costs of electronic parts for manufacturing the skimming devices
- manufacturing the skimming devices
- setup of these devices in the target countries
The majority of cases were in the area of electronic payment fraud, main activities identified being:
- producing, owning and distributing of devices and software for copying the credit card electronic data
- copying and transmitting credit card data (skimming)
- credit card forgery
- electronic payment fraud (online and from ATM)
- illegal altering if computer data
- electronic commerce fraud
- illegal access to computer system