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Russian cybercriminals, government deeply connected

Hands on laptop computer keyboards. The Black Hat and Defcon conferences, occurring this week in Las Vegas, will feature security experts discussing strategies on keeping online data secure.

The new book by Financial Times reporter Joseph Menn tells the story of a young, brilliant security researcher who infiltrates a gang of Russian hackers. The hackers launched denial of service attacks against business Web sites, then demanded money to stop the attacks.

In Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet, we learn about a deep connection between mob-controlled Russian hackers and the government.

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