Known as the Russian Business Network, they are the I.T. department of the Russian mob. Their exploits include identity theft, porn, child porn, phising, spamming, scamming, malware, viruses, Trojans, hacking, etc. The lists go on and on…
Alleged home of the RBN
For the purpose of this article I am going to go where no Cracked topic writer has gone before - I am going to infiltrate the Russian mob.
I bought a plane ticket and flew to St. Petersburg, the home of the Russian Business Network. Arriving at the airport a discovered a small flaw in my plan - I don't speak a lick of Russian, so I just caught the next plane back home. Oh well…let's see what Wikipedia has to say…
Who or what is the Russian Business Network?
To answer that question I will use an example: a person publishing a website needs a host. If the person is doing something illegal on his website, such as phishing or child porn, people will complain to the host of the website and the host will remove his website.
Not so with the Russian Business Network (RBN). They provide 'bulletproof' hosting. They don't give a fuck what you are doing as long as you are paying them. To ensure their quality of service to you the criminal, they will even provide you with the necessary tools for all your shenanigans. Some of their services include malware, botnets for rent, spam lists, phising tools, etc.
But so what if some dude in Russia is running a scam website? I don't surf Russian sites! Well, thing is, they don't wait for you to come to them, they come to you…
Once the scam site is up and running, why not buy a list with millions of emails addresses from RBN? They will even do the mail blast for you.
Remember when you were tricked into clicking on a link promising a Britney sex video and instead you get a site selling fake Rolexes and / or penis enlargement pills?
Well nice try, but I am not dumb enough to buy anything on your shitty website you think as you close your browser,
Wrong! The real score is
By visiting their shitty website they downloaded a Trojan to your computer and this Trojan opened a backdoor for them. What does it mean to have an open backdoor on your computer? Let me explain by telling a short story:
It is Lil' Billie's first time in a jail shower, the soap slips and Billie says: "O my, you are a slippery fellow ain't ya? Let me just bend over and pick you up." Billy is your computer. The big hairy guy called Bubba moving in behind Billy is the RBN.
I would explain further using Billy as a metaphor, but I think you get the idea.
After opening a backdoor on you computer a number of things can happen. How about installing a key stroke logger to get some of your usernames and passwords? Maybe they will make your machine part of a botnet. Now your machine is a zombie participating in the next spam blast!
Another nifty way to help you part with your identity and / or cash is to infect a website that you already know and trust.
During 2007 hackers placed some malicious code on the Bank of India website. The code directed the user's browser to some RBN servers that silently installed keystroke loggers on their computers.
When logging on to your online bank, you seriously don't want someone to be logging your keystrokes. (Once again, I refer you to Lil' Billie)
RBN's primary concern is stealing your stuff, but they have also tried their hands at cyber terrorism. Disagree with Russia and they will fuckup your country.
During 2008 Georgia mentioned something about breaking away from Russia and governing themselves. That did not sit to well with the RBN.
They hacked the website of the Georgian government and replaced the photos of the president with photos of the president in similar poses as Hitler, because you know, people talking about freedom must obviously be Nazis.
Freedom loving facist
The situation deteriorated and soon the Russian army started marching on Georgia. In sync with the Russian army the RBN used the vast botnets at their disposal to launch massive denial of service attacks on the internet infrastructure of Georgia. The attack killed Georgia's internet and halted most electronic communication.
It is speculated that the RBN and the Russian government worked together to launch the cyber attack on Georgia.
This brings us to the question - If they commit their crimes so openly why did the Russian government not do anything to stop them? The crimes they commit were always outside the borders of Russia and they probably paid a few handsome bribes to officials.
These days the Russian Business Network is not as active as they used to be, but experts think it is because they are keeping a lower profile and moved most of their business to China.