Kremlin vs White House, Gin vs Vodka, Bill Gates vs Russian Hackers. The USA and Russia are like the North and the South poles.
According to one of the recent surveys, over 80% of Americans believe that Russians are the best hackers in the world. But why Russian Hackers? In this post, we’ve compiled a list of Top 5 things you didn’t know about Russian hackers.
1. Russian Economy and Russian Hackers
Russia is the biggest country in the world. Despite that, it struggles economically. It seems like corruption and criminal activities make it extremely hard for intellectual people to thrive. In Russia, an average salary of a software engineer or a mathematician is $300/month. Thus, smart individuals find their own “unique” ways to make cash.
2. Russian Hackers and Higher Education
Traditionally, Russian higher education has always been strong in exact sciences. The country is full of knowledgeable people.
3. Russian Hackers and Mafia Trend
Perestroika has left an indelible scar on the Face of Russian Culture. In the late 90s, the most notorious and affluent business people were Mafia. That created a certain image of “success” in the minds of the younger generation: Russian boys and girls who dreamed of being wealthy. According to the old Russian saying, “To be happy, one should steal, steal, steal…”
4. Russia vs America Thing
Historically, America has been one of the biggest bullies of Russia. The USA has been depicted as a capitalist monster trying to enslave the rest of the world. Hacking American systems is considered by Russian hackers to be a good deed.
5. Russian Hackers and Law-enforcement
Russian law-enforcement doesn’t seem to be getting more effective. The government is widely known for having serious issues with pirates and hackers. The existing Russian government policies directed at hackers are poorly implemented, and nothing but the government pointing fingers towards hackers is expected. As a result of the holes in the system, more and more of the technologically-adept are becoming hackers.