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Nov 24: Russia's information black market

Shoppers at any electronics mall in Moscow will see store windows full of mobile phones, plasma television sets, the latest DVDs, and, more curiously, signs saying "databases". Charles Clover reports on how confidential information, sold relatively openly, is a goldmine for criminals, spies, journalists, but most of all, the policemen and bureaucrats who sell the information to computer hackers who mass produce the CDs.