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Hack, disinform, deny: Russia’s cybersecurity strategy

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Moscow (AFP)

Over the years, Moscow has faced numerous allegations of cyberattacks that resulted in multiple sanctions and the expulsion of its diplomats. The term “hacker” has almost become synonymous with Russia.

From “troll factories” to hackers allegedly controlled by the country’s security services, here is an overview of the world of Russian cybercrimes:

– Skills –

Russia has for decades been a breeding ground for computer experts. During Soviet times, the government pushed for advances in science and technology, and — with the appearance of the first computers — in programming.

With the fall of the USSR in 1991, some of the talented but underpaid programmers turned to cybercrime, soon making Russians notorious for credit card thefts around the world.

“In the 90s, the environment fermented,…

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