Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Ukrainian Hacker Who Became the FBI’s Best Weapon—And Worst Nightmare

Most probably you will find interesting this fascinating Kevin Poulsen's  (@kpoulsen) story about Ukrainian hacker Maxim Popov and his relationship with FBI.

One Thursday in January 2001, Maksym Popov, a 20-year-old Ukrainian man, walked nervously through the doors of the United States embassy in London. While Popov could have been mistaken for an exchange student applying for a visa, in truth he was a hacker, part of an Eastern European gang that had been raiding US companies and carrying out extortion and fraud. A wave of such attacks was portending a new kind of cold war, between the US and organized criminals in the former Soviet bloc, and Popov, baby-faced and pudgy, with glasses and a crew cut, was about to become the conflict’s first defector......

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