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Criminal Network

By: Peter McDonnell,Jim Clemente
Narrated by: Jim Clemente
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  • Summary

  • Full series episodes will release on January 26, 2023.

    Sandworm. Evil Corp. Fancy Bear. DarkSide. The SVR. REvil.

    Many of the most world’s most dangerous hackers are from Russia, go by creepy names, and have preyed on Americans. Some are part of Putin’s government. Others are alleged to be associated with it. Over the last decade, their attacks have become more frequent, extreme, and catastrophic.

    This Russian cadre of cybercriminals has a daunting catalog of victims: the US government, Fortune 500 companies, the DNC, global food producers, shipping companies, hospitals, transportation networks, nuclear power plants, and the electric grid.

    Each year, the Department of Justice indicts more Russian hackers for cybercrimes, but almost none have or will face prosecution.

    Russia’s unprovoked and deadly invasion of Ukraine in 2022 deepened its divide with the US and marked the beginning of a new era of conflict—a return to familiar Cold War tensions in which skirmishes are fought in the gray zone between peace and war. Today, however, most of these attacks are launched digitally. The spies and disrupters are hackers. In Russia, many belong to a loose criminal network with a shared aim to prey on the US and its allies.

    Told firsthand by those closest to the events, Criminal Network takes you inside the dramatic discoveries and responses to the most serious cyberattacks of the recent past. It also looks ahead to the future of cybercrime in a highly charged and fractured world.

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    Cybercrime, Espionage, and the Cold War 2.0
    Jan 6 2023

    Full series episodes will release on January 26, 2023.

    Sandworm. Evil Corp. Fancy Bear. DarkSide. The SVR. REvil.

    Many of the most world’s most dangerous hackers are from Russia, go by creepy names, and have preyed on Americans. Some are part of Putin’s government. Others are alleged to be associated with it. Over the last decade, their attacks have become more frequent, extreme, and catastrophic.

    This Russian cadre of cybercriminals has a daunting catalog of victims: the US government, Fortune 500 companies, the DNC, global food producers, shipping companies, hospitals, transportation networks, nuclear power plants, and the electric grid.

    Each year, the Department of Justice indicts more Russian hackers for cybercrimes, but almost none have or will face prosecution.

    Russia’s unprovoked and deadly invasion of Ukraine in 2022 deepened its divide with the US and marked the beginning of a new era of conflict—a return to familiar Cold War tensions in which skirmishes are fought in the gray zone between peace and war. Today, however, most of these attacks are launched digitally. The spies and disrupters are hackers. In Russia, many belong to a loose criminal network with a shared aim to prey on the US and its allies.

    Told firsthand by those closest to the events, Criminal Network takes you inside the dramatic discoveries and responses to the most serious cyberattacks of the recent past. It also looks ahead to the future of cybercrime in a highly charged and fractured world.

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  • Episode 1: Den of Thieves

    Episode 1: Den of Thieves

    Cybercrime, Espionage, and the Cold War 2.0
    Jan 26 2023
    The world’s most wanted cybercriminal is a playboy Russian hacker and the alleged leader of a notorious cybercrime group called Evil Corp. But despite offering a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest, the FBI has had little success capturing him. Perhaps that’s because the hacker, like many other cybercriminals in Russia, is alleged to be working for one of the Russian government’s intelligence services, engaging in high-level hacking against US companies and the US government.
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    31 mins
  • Episode 2: Crossing the Line

    Episode 2: Crossing the Line

    Cybercrime, Espionage, and the Cold War 2.0
    Jan 26 2023
    While Evil Corp was raking in almost $100 million in revenue from hacks of mostly American companies, the Russian government turned a self-serving blind eye to homegrown cybercriminals and engaged in its own hacking schemes to undermine US democracy. Russia’s 2016 hack and leak operation against the Democratic National Committee, and its creation of countless fake social media profiles to spread false and divisive information blew through a red line that cybersecurity experts thought would never be crossed. In many ways, Russia’s disinformation campaigns in the US helped create the conditions in which election deniers stormed the Capitol on January 6th, 2021.
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    28 mins

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great podcast, very interesting

Great podcast, very interesting. Enjoyed every episode, well narrated, with helpful tips on how to protect ourselves at the end

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Fantastic listening

Superb podcast. Very interesting of not a little worrying. Very well presented and delivered super listen. Please more like this.

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quite interesting

interesting look at cyber security, potentiality for foreign interference in elections, mass blackouts which could last months. Pro tip: update your devices and choose difficult pass phrases

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Amazing series

Brilliant articulation of a problem that we seem to of sleep walked ourselves into and a real wake up to the awareness of modern threats. Narrator reads well and keeps you interested.

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you won't be disappointed, fking loved this

very interesting and right to the point. not overly dramatic. narration was spot on. thoroughly recommend for not only those interested in tech but state sponsored hacking, Russia and how vulnerable cyber security will always be....

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