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Group-IB exposes financial crime network of online pirates in developing countries

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Background

Online piracy is one of the biggest shadow economy channels. Criminals raise their profits by taking vast sums of money out of people’s pockets and entire economies.

The fight against this disease within the media industry has been ongoing for some 20 years, but it is only recently that the scale of the piracy business has escalated to such a colossal extent. Russian-speaking cybercriminal conglomerates are no longer content with income that comes solely from video content consumers in Russia and other post-Soviet countries. They have started branching out into international markets, mainly in developing countries.

80% of pirate video streaming services

in Russia and other post-Soviet countries are provided with content from CDNs


23% of pirate resources

analyzed during the pandemic posed risks to users


76.8 mln visits

is the total traffic size to dangerous resources in March

Objectives

The purpose of this report is to deliver a devastating blow to cybercrime: to expose the entire structure of online piracy, to uncover the key organizations that sponsor this activity and those behind them. Group-IB’s report contains confidential data, including information on individuals believed to be behind some of the key piracy industry players.

Copies of this report have been provided to the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office, Russian and international law enforcement agencies.

Main topics covered:

  • Symbiosis of gambling and pirated online traffic
  • Russian-speaking cybercrime in international markets
  • Shadow investors in online piracy
  • Use of Russian banks and international payment systems in criminal schemes
  • Evasion of technical blocking and lawful prosecution
  • Exploitation of legal hosting services’ capacities
  • Taking advantage of geopolitical tensions

The size of the Russian video piracy market

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