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Russian-speaking group offers bulletproof hosting in Syria, Lebanon

Jeremy Kirk | Dec. 10, 2013
A Russian-speaking group is advertising "bulletproof" hosting for cybercriminals from data centers in Syria and Lebanon, an apparent effort to place new services in locales where Western law enforcement has little influence.

Syria's Internet connectivity has been unstable for more than two years since the civil war began. The network monitoring company Renesys has chronicled frequent network changes that at times have left parts of the country in the dark.

So it is perhaps not surprising that cybercriminals see an opportunity in the chaos, but spotty connectivity isn't a great selling point, either.

On Monday, most of Syria's Internet was down, said Doug Madory, senior analyst at Renesys.


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