Russia has a history of turning a blind eye to cybercrime operations that attack organizations outside of Russia. They often ignore or dismiss indictments by US authorities so long as the attack did not affect Russian citizens. In a rare move, Russian authorities arrested a cyber threat actor operating under the Username “1ms0rry” in late September. 1ms0rry and six other accomplices created several malware strains that earned them close to 4.3 million Russian rubles ($55,000 USD) over a two-year period. 1ms0rry reportedly sold his malware strains on Russian criminal forums, some of which were used to make even more powerful malware strains. The criminal community has condemned 1ms0rry’s actions on criminal forums. They have reiterated their rule that hackers are forbidden from attacking Russian citizens. As long as they follow this rule, they usually can operate freely.
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