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Russian cyber criminals are joining forces with country’s government spies 

The greatest threat to America: National security expert says the US is in a war that’s occurring online due to Russian cyber criminals joining forces with the country’s government spies

  • John Carlin, the Assistant Attorney General for National Security during the Obama administration, said that the US is in a war that’s occurring online 
  • Carlin said Russia is the biggest threat to US over China, North Korea and Iran
  • He claims it’s because the Russian government ‘protects the crooks’ and ‘uses them for state purposes’ 
  • Carlin was referring to hackers like Evginey Bogachev, who is on FBI’s most wanted list for cyber criminals

National security experts are calling the growing partnership between Russian government spies and Russian cyber criminals one of the greatest threats to America. 

In a new episode of CBS’ 60 Minutes, John Carlin, the Assistant Attorney General for National Security during the Obama administration, said that the US is in a war that’s occurring online.   

‘We’re in a new world,’ Carlin said on 60 Minutes. ‘And just like the Cold War, it may not be a theater of combat. But day in, day out, we’re under attack.’

Carlin, details the revelation in his new book Dawn of the Code War. He said Russia is the biggest threat over China, North Korea and Iran, claiming that Chinese hackers work without our current world order and Russian hackers do not. 

‘It’s not just the state. It’s not just the organized criminal problem coming out of Russia. It’s the fact that the two work together. The state protects the crooks. The state tasks the crooks and uses them for state purposes,’ Carlin said on 60 Minutes. 

In a new episode of CBS’ 60 Minutes, John Carlin (pictured), the Assistant Attorney General for National Security during the Obama administration, said that the US is in a war that’s occurring online

Carlin (right), details the revelation in his new book Dawn of the Code War

Carlin (right), details the revelation in his new book Dawn of the Code War

Carlin said Russia is the biggest threat over China, North Korea and Iran, claiming that Chinese hackers work without our current world order and Russian hackers do not

Carlin said Russia is the biggest threat over China, North Korea and Iran, claiming that Chinese hackers work without our current world order and Russian hackers do not

Carlin was referring to hackers like Evginey Mikhailovich Bogachev, who is on the FBI’s most wanted list for cyber criminals.

In 2016, former president Barack Obama announced a new round of sanctions against Russia for the country’s alleged meddling in the US election. 

At the time, Bogachev and Aleksey Alekseyevich Belan were said to have made millions by selling financial information they obtained in hacks.

Both have been wanted by the FBI for years, but have not been brought to justice because they both live in Russia, which doesn’t have a extradition agreement with the US and is usually ambivalent to aiding American law enforcement.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $3million for information leading to Bogachev’s arrest. 

During an FBI investigation, the agency enlisted the help of, Michael Sandee, an analyst with the Dutch cyber security firm Fox-IT. 

Carlin said the problem is that Russia is protecting the crooks like Evginey Mikhailovich Bogachev (pictured) and using them for state purposes

Evginey Mikhailovich Bogachev

Carlin said the problem is that Russia is protecting the crooks and using them for state purposes. He was referring to hackers like Evginey Mikhailovich Bogachev (left and right), who is on the FBI’s most wanted list for cyber criminals

According to 60 Minutes, Sandee examined Bogachev’s computer server and found evidence that he might be more than just a cyber thief. 

It appeared that he was also a Russian intelligence asset.

Sandee told the network that Bogachev’s motivation had always been financial, but eventually, he began using search commands that seemed politically motivated.

Bogachev is said to be the hacker behind the malware called GameOver Zeus, which infected more than a million computers and caused the financial loss of more than $100million. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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