Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
Dawn of the Code War: America's Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat
Carlin & Graff
"Hackers working in places like Russia are talented Engineers who had little legitimate opportunity to use their skills. Former Soviet Union countries had excelled in technical education, but the collapse of most of their economies in the 1990s meant there were far more computer scientists than there were jobs. Many hackers were actively seeking legitimate, well paying opportunities.
More than one Russian hacker was uncovered by investigators through undercover operations that had them apply for legit jobs. Agents or informants inside these criminal forums simply told a Target that they had a lead on a possible job and the hacker happily sent over a resume listing his actual name and professional background." - Carlin & Graff, Dawn of the Code War: America's Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat (2018)