The so-called “Head of the financial monitoring and currency control department of the Bank of Russia’s Branch in the Republic of Crimea” Mikhail Nakov reported “an increase in cyber activity aimed at funds in bank accounts”. According to him, “attackers continue to write off money from bank cards. In the first half of 2021 alone, more than 30 Crimean residents became victims of cyber fraudsters. Losses from the actions of cyber fraudsters in the first quarter of 2021 amounted to 2.9 billion rubles. This indicator is 1.6 times higher than the indicators for the same period in 2021. The number of fraudulent transactions in the first three months exceeded 237 thousand”.

Nakov said that “ATM deception and social engineering fraud” also remain common types of such criminal activities. Earlier, the press service of the so-called “Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for Crimea” has repeatedly reported about a wave of such events. For example, in just three days of July in the Crimea, the Russian punitive structures registered 15 cases of “remote fraud” with an amount of damage of more than 1.3 million rubles. These Russia-controlled punitive structures’ “confessions” may indicate an increase in their control over both Crimean residents’ Internet activities and financial transactions.