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How Russia Became a Malware Hornet's Nest By Bill Brenner

 

October 9, 2007 -- That Russia is a hornet's nest of malicious cyber activity is nothing new. The question for some in the information security community is why people from that part of the world are so determined to earn a living writing attack code.

A dismal economy and lax law enforcement is fueling the problem, say two well-known security researchers. It has helped nudge Russian computer programmers into an underground market where easy money can be made creating programs used to steal credit card and Social Security numbers.

"[Russian hackers] don't see themselves as doing anything criminal," Kaspersky Labs CEO Eugene Kaspersky said during an interview at his company's U.S. facility in Woburn, Mass., last week.  Read more...