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[#] Wed May 05 2021 10:06:10 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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That still goes on. It is an east-coast racket mostly - mostly Italian Mafia. 

They either do heists on transport before the items are marked with tax stamps, have people inside who provide the product before it has been tax stamped, or buy in low tax areas and transport to high tax areas. 

The profits are not large enough, the fines are too heavy, the supply too small and difficult to acquire and the risk it too big to make it a *significant* portion of their economy - especially today - and especially competing against counterfeits from Asia. 

Even black markets have to compete with one another and innovate and adapt to changing landscapes. ;) 

 

Wed May 05 2021 09:01:13 EDT from darknetuser

These ones were just cigarettes produced in legit factories that they managed to sneak out bribing the owner or something of that sort.

They then proceeded to sell them to distribution channels as if they were regular taxed cigaretes and put the difference in their pockets.

They also moved them from low tax regions in a certain country to high tax regions of the same country to maximize profits.

As you can imagine, it was not bound to last, but much money to be made while it lasted :P

 



[#] Wed May 05 2021 13:47:40 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Organized crime? Yeah, the government *hates* competition.

[#] Wed May 05 2021 14:02:51 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Most organized crime is managed BY politicians and other political leaders at this point. 

Even the Godfather acknowledges this - with politicians who want to "wet their beak". 



Wed May 05 2021 13:47:40 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

Organized crime? Yeah, the government *hates* competition.

 



[#] Wed May 12 2021 01:14:06 EDT from ASCII Express

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2021-05-05 01:40 from ParanoidDelusions
So it was easier to get high than drunk where you are at? 

For a brief period, yes.

[#] Tue May 18 2021 18:25:35 EDT from Nurb432

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So listening to some report on the pipeline hack.. 

1 - they paid the ransom ( not new news ) which of course just incentives the next round.

2 - the control network was air gapped and was not hacked  ( i was going on about this myself, how in the hell did they do something so stupid.. i guess they didnt ) 

3 - the billing system was hacked, so they shut down the flow as they would not be able to bill people.

 

wtf.



[#] Wed May 19 2021 04:32:18 EDT from darknetuser

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2021-05-18 18:25 from Nurb432
So listening to some report on the pipeline hack.. 

1 - they paid the ransom ( not new news ) which of course just
incentives the next round.

2 - the control network was air gapped and was not hacked  ( i was
going on about this myself, how in the hell did they do something so
stupid.. i guess they didnt ) 

3 - the billing system was hacked, so they shut down the flow as they
would not be able to bill people.

 

wtf.


Which pipeline hack?

[#] Wed May 19 2021 05:33:25 EDT from zooer

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Wed May 19 2021 04:32:18 AM EDT from darknetuser
Which pipeline hack?

 

Colonial Pipeline

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/13/colonial-pipeline-paid-ransom-to-hackers-source-says.html

 



[#] Wed May 19 2021 07:23:00 EDT from Nurb432

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I guess technically its not even a "pipeline hack" after hearing these bits of info. Media spin to scare people and beg for the "government to come in and save us".

It was a simple corporate system hack. Common place. NOT the end of world.  A pain in the ass annoyance, while you restore servers from backups and reload workstations.



[#] Sun May 23 2021 18:01:16 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Just like the 2003 blackout ... people still insist on using Windows where they ought to be using computers.

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