France Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from France’s black market. Intelligence and security information collected from government agencies, news articles and other public data sources.

Internet security threat researchers identified Russian hackers who are offering access to malware-infected computers for rent. According to Webroot, the cost to rent a botnet depends on where the infected computers are located. These botnets can be used a various purposes, but are mostly used to attack servers in a distributed denial-of-service (DDos) attack.

The price to rent 1,000 infected computers in the United States costs $180. If the hosts are located in the United Kingdom, the price is $240. France and Russia both costs $200, Canada costs $270, and 1,000 infected computers located around the world costs $35. There is a daily limit of 20,000 hosts.

(See more cyber crime prices on the black market.)

Source: Dancho Danchev, “Cybercriminals sell access to tens of thousands of malware-infected Russian hosts,” Webroot Threat Blog, September 23, 2013.

Over the span of 10 years, thousands of people have been killed due to religious and ethnic violence in the Central Nigerian region known as the Middle Belt.

Contributing to the violence is an estimated 5,000 firearms that were illegally trafficked into the area. Out of those illicit arms, about 3,500 are AK-47s that were produced in France and Ukraine and smuggled to Nigeria. The remaining 1,500 are locally produced firearms.

(Prices of AK-47s and other weapons on the black market.)

Source:  Alexis Okeowo, “The Arms-Trade Treaty and the Gun Seller,” New Yorker, September 9, 2013.

In August 2013, a human smuggling gang operating in Spain and France was broken up by police. The smuggling gang was charging Chinese migrants over $53,000 (€40,000) per person to be smuggled into Europe. The migrants would eventually settle in the United Kingdom or the United States.

Included in the fee would be fake passports and instructions on how to act like a tourist to avoid extra attention at border checkpoints.

The $53,000 fee is in line with previous reports made by the United Nations on Drugs and Crime, which stated that Chinese migrants pay around $50,000 to be smuggled into the United States.

(See all human smuggling prices charged by smugglers.)

Source:  “‘Human trafficking ring’ broken up,” BBC News, August 10, 2013.

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According to police in Paris, there are between 300 to 400 vendors in Paris who sell trinkets to tourists around the Eiffel Tower during the summer season. Police state that Chinese gangs import souvenirs from China and then sells the goods to other sellers.

In a raid by police in July 2013, authorities discovered 60 tonnes of miniature Eiffel Tower replicas that were to be sold to tourists.

(More crime in France statistics.)

Source:  Alexandria Sage, “60 tonnes of Eiffel Tower trinkets seized in Paris,” Reuters, July 25, 2013.

Customs Officials in France seized around 200,000 counterfeit items being shipped into the country in 1994.

In 2011, the number of counterfeit products seized by Customs increased to 8.3 million.

According to officials, 70 percent of the fakes originate from Asia. One-third of the orders for the fake goods were placed on the Internet.

France losses up to €6 Billion to counterfeit goods each year. Based on the exchange rate as of June 2013, the losses in US dollars is $7.9 Billion.

(See ranking of counterfeit goods by losses.)

Source:  “France destroys one million fake goods,” Channel News Asia, June 12, 2013.

A high-priced escort working as a prostitute in Cannes, France during the 10 day film festival can make up to $40,000 a night, according to a man who was arrested for running a prostitution ring in the city.

(More earnings from under the table jobs.)

Workers at hotels in the area claim that between 100 to 200 prostitutes stroll within the areas large hotels during the film festival each night in search for customers.

(See prices of prostitutes around the world.)

Source:  Dana Kennedy, “$40,000-a-Night Escorts: Secrets of the Cannes Call Girls,” Hollywood Reporter, May 8, 2013.

In 2011, criminal justice agencies in the European Union seized 2.1 million counterfeit toys.  According to a breakdown by Toy News, five countries in the EU accounted for 57 percent of those seizures.

Top five EU member states where fake toys were seized in 2011:

1. Romania:  319,174 counterfeit toys seized.

2. Germany:  308,506 counterfeit toys seized.

3. France:  212,273 counterfeit toys seized.

4. Spain:  193,149 counterfeit toys seized.

5.  Bulgaria:  181,838 counterfeit toys seized.

Source:  Dominic Sacco, “Romania is counterfeit toy capital of Europe,” Toy News, April 18, 2013.

In addition to smuggling illegal immigrants in to the United Kingdom, human smugglers also move people out of the country.

According to the BBC’s Panorama program, smugglers charge immigrants up to $2,373 (£1,500) to transport people out of the UK and bring them to the French port city of Calais. The immigrants them move on to other countries within the European Union.

(Price rate for human smugglers.)

Source:  Kevin Rawlinson, “Criminal gangs are smuggling immigrants out of the UK,” Independent, January 21, 2013.

The French Government estimates that there are 20,000 prostitutes working across the entire country. Between 5,000 to 8,000 prostitutes work in Paris, and an estimated 600 street prostitutes work in the city of Lyon.

A parliamentary report released in 2011 stated that 80 percent of the sex workers in France were victims of human trafficking, and that 90 of the prostitutes were foreign women.

In 2002, there were an estimated 15,000 prostitutes working in France.

(Number of prostitutes in the world.)

Source:  Angelique Chrisafis, “How prostitution became France’s hottest social issue,” Guardian, September 24, 2012.

Source of 2002 figure: John Lichfield, “Foreign prostitutes flood into France,” Independent,July 14, 2002.

A study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, cocaine use in cities in Switzerland is among the highest in Europe.

Everyday, up to 1.5 grams of cocaine is consumed by every 1,000 citizens in the Swiss cities of Bern, Geneva, Lucerne and Zurich.

In other European cities such as Barcelona, London, Milan and Paris, between 0.5 to 1 grams of cocaine is used by every 1,000.

Norther European cities had the lowest reported levels of cocaine use, with Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki registering 0.15 grams of cocaine use daily per 1,000 residents.

Across Europe, up to 356 kilograms of cocaine is consumed each day, which is 10 to 15 percent of the total global cocaine consumption.

(More cocaine facts and statistics.)

Source:  AFP, “Cocaine use in Swiss cities among highest in Europe: report,” Google News, August 6, 2012.