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Good Question: Why Are So Many Hackers From Russia?

Interviewed by WCCO’s John Lauritsen in his popular Good Question series.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Russian hackers are being blamed for leaking medical information about Olympic athletes Serena Williams and Simone Biles.  They have also been responsible for hacking corporations and political groups.

A recent poll on a hacker-oriented website found that 82 percent of voters said Russia has the world’s best hackers.  Only 5 percent said Americans were the best.

The reasons there are so many successful hackers in Russia have less to do with spite, and more to do with survival. “It’s not surprising”, said John Carney of Carney Forensics. “There are cultural reasons, societal reasons, even economic reasons for this phenomenon.”