Jan 172010
 January 17, 2010  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance

John Leyden reports:

The discovery that some CCTV cameras around Moscow streamed prerecorded images, instead of live pictures, has resulted in criminal charges against StroyMontageService, the firm that maintained the network.

Dmitry Kudryavtsev, a director of StroyMontageService, has been arrested and charged with fraud over the alleged scam, which recalls fake image trickery used in films such as Ocean’s Eleven. Kudryavtsev, who denies any wrongdoing, alleges he has been framed by rivals.


As well as allegedly streaming false images, StroyMontageService is also accused of distributing an unspecified computer virus in an alleged bid to screw up the operations of a rival in the western districts of Moscow.

Read more in The Register.

  One Response to “False Moscow CCTV feed scam leads to fraud charges”

  1. Ah, good old Russia and former Eastern bloc countries. When something fails it’s always blamed on competitor sabotage.

    The same thing happened just a few days ago when porn was streamed on some outdoor billboard in Moscow: http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Billboard-Porn-Causes-Moscow-Traffic-Jam-Near-Kremlin-Hackers-Blamed-For-Naughty-Video/Article/201001315525826

    “’They were either acting out of hooliganism or were from a rival company,’ the firm’s commercial director Viktor Laptev was reported as saying.”

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