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Hackers for Hire

25 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 11 March 2010

Russian hackers are gaining a worrying reputation as skilled proponents of cybercrime and cyberwarfare.

Sarah Rainsford travels to Moscow to meet a 20 year old who claims to have penetrated Russian, Georgian and US government computers.

She investigates why Russian hackers are becoming so proficient, meets students learning the arts of cyber defence and attack and asks the Russian cyberpolice what they are doing to rein in the criminals.

  • Behind the Scenes: Hackers For Hire

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    Rose Kudabaeva of the BBC Russian service talks about how she went about meeting the hacker Andrei - who used to hire his services to break into computer systems and businesses.

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