Dark Covenant: Connections Between The Russian State And Criminal Actors
Recored Future News, September 9th, 2021
September 9, 2021,
Volume 282, Issue 2

This report examines the unspoken connections between the Russian Federation (in the form of Russian intelligence services or the Kremlin) and cybercriminals in Russia and Eastern Europe

Sources include the Recorded Future Platform as well as other dark web and open sources. The report will be of interest to threat researchers, as well as law enforcement, government, and defense organizations.

Executive Summary

​The intersection of individuals in the Russian cybercriminal world and officials in the Russian government, typically from the domestic law enforcement or intelligence services, is well established yet highly diffuse. The relationships in this ecosystem are based on spoken and unspoken agreements and comprise fluid associations.

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