Ex-Soviet hackers play outsized role in cyber crime world

An employee works near screens in the virus lab at the headquarters of Russian cyber security company Kaspersky Labs in MoscowBy Alissa de Carbonnel MOSCOW (Reuters) – If you want to hack a phone, order a cyber attack on a competitor's website or buy a Trojan program to steal banking information, look no further than the former Soviet Union. The breadth and sophistication of services sold on Russian-language websites such as Forum.zloy.bz or Forum.evil offer a small window onto a Russian criminal underground that is costing Western firms billions of dollars in credit card and online banking fraud as well as "phishing" attempts to lure people into downloading malware or disclosing passwords. …


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