Russian Hacker: Maybe a Tattoo and New Opportunities for Friendship?

June 29, 2020

In my Dark Web 2020 lecture in July for the “now virtual” US National Cyber Crime Conference, I will review some of the information my study team has gathered about Russian digital crime factories. Some of these are hidden in plain sight. Others are less visible. In this interesting world, surprises are not uncommon. “Russian Cybercrime Boss Burkov Gets 9 Years” describes how “a well connected Russian hacker once described as an asset of supreme importance” booked a one-way ticket to prison. The write up explains that:

Aleksei Burkov of St. Petersburg, Russia admitted to running CardPlanet, a site that sold more than 150,000 stolen credit card accounts, and to being a founder of DirectConnection — a closely guarded underground community that attracted some of the world’s most-wanted Russian hackers.

Mr. Burkov (kopa to his Dark Web and hacker colleagues) operated DirectConnection (now offline). If you are interested in the legal explanation of Mr. Burkov’s activities, the indictment was online as of June 29, 2020, at this link. Some documents return cheerful 404 errors, and DarkCyber understands your pain.

Will Mr. Burkov share some of his knowledge about Russian cyber crime, a type of wrong doing that has been ignored by some authorities in Mr. Putin’s government? DarkCyber surmises that he may become a chatty Kathie once he experiences the delights of a sojourn in America.

Stephen E Arnold, June 29, 2020



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