UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) – During the Soviet era, Russia’s top information scientists and programmers worked extensively for the Russian intelligence service, and the country appeared to have regained this trend under President Vladimir Putin as accusations mounted against Russia of a global cyber attack campaign.
The Netherlands on Thursday accused four members of the Russian military intelligence of trying to pirate the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague.
The organization is investigating the poisoning of former Russian agent Sergey Sircapal in Salisbury, UK, and in an accusation against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of a Moscow attack on a chemical attack in Syria.
The Baltic states were the first to accuse Moscow of launching cyber attacks against them in 2007.
One of those attacks disrupted the emergency telephone line for more than an hour, Estonia said.
Since then, accusations have been raised against Moscow of cyber attacks.
The Russian information piracy group known as Fancy Pier, APT 28, and Suvasi were accused of involvement with the Russian General Intelligence Directorate and attacks on the US Democratic Party during the 2016 presidential election campaign in conjunction with the Russian Federal Security Service the former KGB.
The development of Russian pirates’ skills is due to advanced information programs and programming from the Soviet era.
“The structure of the economy as a whole was leaning towards the military sector,” said Oleg Demidov, an expert at the Moscow-based independent BI Research Center.
“The full range of Soviet scientific achievements, including the first computers, has been placed at the service of the military sector,” he said, adding that the most talented students were forced to work in the military and space sectors.
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After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, its armed forces broke up and the great majority of scholars went to the Russian banking sector, some to work and some to launch cyber attacks.
This period witnessed the first electronic attacks that hit the banking sector and the first appearance of Russian hackers.
According to Demidov, “Russian hackers have become highly trained and equipped and are among the most prominent in the field of banking crimes.”
Kaspersky, a giant in the field of information security, estimates that the amount of piracy stolen by Russian hackers globally between 2012 and 2015 is not less than $ 790 million.
Russian scientists are receiving their education at “high-level universities in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Kazan and Krasnoyarsk,” said Dennis Koskov, an expert at the Telecommedelli Center for Specialized Research.
“In the last few years, a growing number of them have decided to stay in Russia,” Koskov said. “The intelligence community is increasingly interested in skilled programmers who find it easier to find work in Russia.”
In 2012, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the establishment of a special device called “Information Soldiers” and organized a recruitment campaign that included the broadcast of video recordings on social media.
“These efforts … are starting to bear fruit,” the expert says.
But even the most disciplined information experts are now under the microscope of Western countries.
In 2017, the United States imposed a ban on US federal administrations’ use of Kaspersky Anti-Virus because of concerns that the company was linked to Russian intelligence.
While most young Russians may choose to work for the army and intelligence for national reasons, a minority of them may be more interested in material return.
This week, a military court in Moscow held a closed session to try the chief of operational control at the Russian Federal Security Service’s information security center, Sergey Mikhalkov, and three accused of complicity.
A report by the newspaper “Kommersant” that the four accused of transferring confidential information on electronic technology used by Russian intelligence to the FBI for $ 10 million.