Russia criticized for ransomware attacks: 'Criminals can do whatever they want'

Russia criticized for ransomware attacks: ‘Criminals can do whatever they want’

Russia under fire

“Cybercrime, however, is strongly geared towards Eastern Europe,” says John Focker, who researches digital attacks and the criminals behind them for security firm McAfee. Persecution could also improve in other former Soviet states.

However, it is mainly Russia that is now under attack. What doesn’t help is that in addition to harboring criminal attackers, the country has been under fire for some time due to alleged hacking by the government.

This is how Russia tried to hold the US elections to influence. Just last week, Russian government hackers allegedly attacked the Republican Party crackedAlthough the party denies data theft.

On top of that comes ransomware attacks by criminals, and they are increasing in size. If parts of critical infrastructure are attacked, they could pose threats to national security, warned NCTV recently.

close your eyes

Russia turns a blind eye to criminal attackers for several reasons, says van der mer van Klingendael. “Weakening society is a goal for Russia,” van der Meer said. Planting misinformation and disruption, as well as harming business, is part of that.

In addition, according to him, the Russian government also directly benefits from the attackers: “If the criminals are caught, they can choose: go to prison, or give the Kremlin a helping hand every now and then. And if they then attack on behalf of the Kremlin and are caught, The Kremlin could easily say: We know nothing.

For this reason, according to Groenewegen, it is often pointless to seek help from the Russian authorities if there are indications of Russian criminals in the Dutch cybercrime case.

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Van der Meer: “You can identify and track down criminals, but nothing happens. They can go on with impunity.”

bad daylight

Meanwhile, the Kremlin denies everything. “According to the Russian government, these are criminal hackers who have nothing to do with the government,” said Iris de Graaf, Russia’s NOS correspondent in Russia. Thus, the Kremlin asserts that the West is using hacking attacks to put Russia in a bad light.

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