What Kleptocratic Support for Cybercriminals Means for Russian Cybersecurity Services
The use of deniable actors is hardly unique to Russia, but the state’s complicity and even outright involvement in organized crime is. OODA’s reports “The Russian Threat” suggests that “Russia should be considered a kleptocracy, where the rule of law exists as long as it supports the objectives of the state and the ruling oligarchs.” The report further notes that because the law is subject to the state’s whims, Putin is able “to act decisively to defend Russian interests and to pursue opportunities he views as enhancing Russian prestige and power abroad.” The coopting of cyber criminals represents just such an example of kleptocracy enabling the Russian state to seize controversial opportunities that would be waylaid by opposition from “checks and balances” in true democracies.
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