Web Criminals Leaving US for Russia

Which is a reason for inviting the Russians to this year's eCrime Congress in April

While the UK remains relatively free of illegal online content, those who host criminal material are increasingly choosing Russia-based providers over the US.

According to the web watchdog the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the traditional hotspot where criminally racist and pornographic content is hosted - the US - has seen a drop in the number of illegal sites over the last year.

According to the IWF, in 2003, the US hosted 55 per cent of illegal sites. That number dropped to 40 per cent in 2004.

The percentage of illegal sites hosted by Russia rose in parallel - up from 23 per cent in 2003 to 31 per cent in 2004. Some Asian countries - China, Japan, South Korea and Thailand - also experienced a rise in illegal content. silicon.com

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