Russia’s Long History and New Technology Behind Hunting Hackers
Hello World explores why the stereotypes around Russian hackers and cybercriminals exist.
From the Cold War era to the digital age, the Soviet Union has long held an air of danger and mystery for outsiders. Watch any action film and you’ll quickly learn the smartest cybercriminals have a Russian accent. And in today’s high-tech landscape, Russia maintains an edge in the realm of cybersecurity talent.
The latest episode of Hello World travels to Russia to examine the latest innovations emerging there. Show host Ashlee Vance explores technologies ranging from air filters to drones to facial recognition software. And while Vance discusses advances in Soviet inventions creating a version of Silicon Valley in Siberia, he also digs deeper into the reality of cybersecurity with the country’s own Group-IB.
“We are different. Russian-speaking hackers are so famous because we share knowledge, develop new tools, and we share information about how to attack banks, how security measures are applied on different systems,” says Dmitry Volkob, head of investigation at Group-IB. “So a huge amount of information is available on the underground community. We have more than 100,000 profiles about hackers who communicated on the Russian-speaking underground community.”