Five days ago, an online publication SecurityFocus published a rather dodgy article regarding Webmoney Transfer. The title is “U.S. still worries over hacker havens”.
This piece is shocking because it accuses Webmoney Transfer, a global financial payments network, of not cooperating with law enforcement in the pursuit, apprehension and prosecution of criminal hackers. Not only does the article openly make these allegations, it discusses two well know prior criminal cases of online payment companies (one is still pending) and attempts to cast the Webmoney operation in that same light.
Knowing the Webmoney operation for many years now and their constant battle to prevent misuse of their system, I find the SecurityFocus accusations, very hard to believe…and I’m not alone.
Today I received a copy of an open letter addressed to the SecurityFocus web site which is now circulating on the Internet. It is from Webmoney and it clarifying the Webmoney Team’s position on the matter of ‘international cooperation.’ It is re-printed here for all to read as I’m sure it will appear in many other publications by the end of today. To: Security Focus
From: WebMoney Transfer
Re: Open Letter to the American Internet Community and US Law Enforcement Agencies.
It is with regret, that today we are forced to contact you through this open letter. Understand that we will widely disclose to the public our position and point of view with respect to the numerous misrepresentations, untruthful information and 100% unsubstantiated claims that you have attempted to level our our company through your article.
WebMoney Transfer is a financial market leader in Russian and CIS. We have 10 years of strong ethical operating history, several banking awards and positive international recognition. We are the only global online payment solution with a widely used in-house customer arbitration service. The program operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week solving disputes and investigating suspicious account activity. Our company diligently works to protect our clients from misuse of the online payment system.
For many consecutive years now, we have fully cooperated with local law enforcement agencies, cyber-crime investigation teams and police. Our executives are often key speakers at national and international security forum events. Recently we engaged others during an International practical conference on fighting against cybercrime and cyber terrorism 2006. During the event our team was face to face talking with many agency representatives providing them all of our contact information, offering solutions and showing our 100% intention to cooperate in the fight against online crime.
Since that time, 2006, now we have never received any requests from US Law Enforcement agencies, neither have we ever been informed about such requests by the local law enforcement agencies which we are in constant contact.
During this same time period, other European colleagues, have requested such information, we have met with them and provided any and all helpful details available.
Our reputation among end-users and global merchants is very valuable to our company. Your totally incorrect article compromise our integrity and damage our public corporate profile. With this open letter please be aware that we will now do our utmost to prevent the media, foreign authorities other companies or persons, who have never contacted us, to slander our reputation with such liable comments in the press.
It our policy to cooperate with cybercrime investigators and with this letter please understand us when we say “Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you.” We are available for your discussions and cooperation.