An investigation in Bulgaria has exposed that a group of twenty hackers, which were arrested and brought to court for their involvement in the criminal activity related to the currency mining and exchange of stolen information, have been released. This is a worrying development as it means that some of these people may be planning a return to the cyber crime scene.
While this situation is encouraging for the authorities as it is a clear indication that they are taking the fight against international cyber crime seriously, this does not necessarily mean that they are going to crack down further on other cases. For one thing, the people who were released from the courtroom have been charged with other offences, so there may be a strong possibility that they will simply go underground again.
There have been many cases of people who have been taken from border areas and forced to work in prisons for quite some time. In fact, the Bulgarian authorities have a very high success rate of returning people to their normal lives only after negotiations between the state and the suspects.
The problem with such measures is that they can actually make matters worse for the authorities. This is because most of the offenders are known by the local community and have the potential to organise against the authorities. Indeed, there have been plenty of cases in Bulgaria where there are organised groups of people who take an active part in fighting against the authorities, even going as far as committing more serious crimes in order to cause chaos and disorder.
However, good news always comes with bad news, so even though these people have been let out of prison, it is important that they are not allowed back in due to their past crimes. It would also be wise to take note of how the authorities handle people with similar backgrounds and experiences as the one who was released.
The best approach for handling such cases is to simply ignore them and hope that they will eventually fall out of fashion. But if they do resurface, the authorities should immediately act to get rid of them.
In recent years, authorities have made an increasing effort to crack down on cyber crime due to the fact that most of the criminals come from countries such as China and Russia. The Bulgarian authorities are now taking this strategy to a further level with a concerted effort to tackle online crime, especially when it comes to people selling illegal goods online.
The authorities must also ensure that the situation does not become worse for those who have already been arrested or freed from prison in border regions. They should be encouraged to find ways to get out of the area and report to the local authorities about any new contacts they may have made in the criminal world.