How a Remote Town in Romania Has Become Cybercrime Central

From Wired:

Among law enforcement officials around the world, the city of 120,000 has a nickname: Hackerville. It’s something of a misnomer; the town is indeed full of online crooks, but only a small percentage of them are actual hackers. Most specialize in ecommerce scams and malware attacks on businesses. According to authorities, these schemes have brought tens of millions of dollars into the area over the past decade, fueling the development of new apartment buildings, nightclubs, and shopping centers. Râmnicu Vâlcea is a town whose business is cybercrime, and business is booming.


  1. Interesting. One time my credit card was charged for two $100 cash advances. I never use my card for cash advances, so I was curious. I googled the name of the description for these advances listed on my bill and the first thing that came up was a map of Romania. Not sure if it was this town or not…

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