Russian cybercrime: means, motive and opportunity

The Russian hacker is an established trope of pop culture and news analysis alike and thus gets recycled ad nauseam, but it is based on fact, that they are disproportionately active in the world of cybercrime (and, indeed, cyberespionage). My latest Moscow News column, ‘Why are Russians excellent cybercriminals,’ briefly explores some of the reasons. In the future, I also want to look at the MVD’s Department K, its computer crime directorate, as well as the FSB’s Center for Information Security.

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