Founder Of Kaspersky Cybersecurity
Lab: Cybercrime On Rise During COVID-19 Lockdowns|
May 14, 2020
Russian cybersecurity magnate and CEO of Moscow-based cybersecurity
Kaspersky Lab says cybercrimes have risen during lockdowns introduced
across the world to slow down coronavirus spread, adding that the
majority of cybercriminals are Russian-speakers.
In a big interview to TASS news agency that was published on May 14,
Yevgeny Kaspersky said that the quarantines "have forced cybercriminals
to hunt for prey with greater frenzy." https://tass.ru/business-officials/8436669
"Every day we fish out several million files on the suspicion they may
have malicious functions. Also, every day we identify more than 300,000
malicious samples we’ve never come across," Kaspersky said, adding that
each of those samples can be used hundreds of times.
According to him, as people have to stay at home due to coronavirus,
they spend more time surfing the net to buy food and other items and
sometimes venture into no-go areas, which led to an increase in
cyberattacks by 25 percent globally.
also said that Russia and some other former Soviet republics train "the
best programmers in the world," but that has a negative side too as the
world’s most advanced hackers are mainly Russian-speakers.
Programmers from Russia and other former Soviet states earn much less
than their counterparts in the West partially explaining the greater
proclivity to engage in cybercrimes.
"We are known for having the world’s best programmers and software
developers, but also for having the world’s top hackers. They all
graduated the same universities but went different paths in the end.
While one part works to create something new, the other one seeks to
hack and destroy. In almost 100 percent of the cases hackers’ motivation
is the same - to reap money, and money again, and still more money, and
not only from a victim, but also from their clients," Kaspersky said.
The United States has arrested several Russians hackers over the past
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