Saturday, March 7, 2009

Dishonor among thieves

Turns out that Russian cybercriminals spend a lot of their time attacking ...Russian computers.  How come?  As Willie Sutton might caution, "that's not where the money is."  But if you're a Russian hacker, Russian computers are a target of opportunity, plus the social engineering is easier.

Which raises an interesting question.  In terrorism, Pakistan used to (at least) tolerate terrorist groups that seemed to be harming Pakistan's enemies, only to wake up and discover that it has become the victim of those same groups. Will the Russian government follow the same path in network attack?  There'd be some justice in that, of course, but cold comfort, considering that for cyberattackers, as for al Qaeda, the best target remains the United States. 

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