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.
Russian cybercrime: means, motive and opportunity
Posted by Mark Galeotti on November 22, 2011
This blog's author, Dr Mark Galeotti has been researching Russian history and security issues since the late 1980s.
Educated at Cambridge University and the LSE, he is now senior research fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague and director of the consultancy firm Mayak Intelligence. Previously he has been Professor of Global Affairs at New York University, head of the History department at Keele University in the UK, an adviser at the British Foreign Office and a visiting professor at MGIMO (Moscow), Charles University (Prague) and Rutgers (Newark).
His books include the edited collections 'The Politics of Security in Modern Russia' (Ashgate), 'Russian & Soviet Organized Crime' (Ashgate) and 'Spetsnaz: Russia's Special Forces' (Osprey) and he is a regular contributor to Jane's Intelligence Review, Oxford Analytica and many other outlets. He is a contributing editor to Business New Europe.
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