Cybersecurity and the Former Soviet Union

Any internet user who has ever run a web site of any size knows about the threat of DDOS (distributed denial of service, a form of mass attack on a computer server) to random attacks on the site or its server or both — and also knows that many of those threats emanate from the former Soviet Union.

Until now, few had attempted to quantify exactly how bad the problem was.

According to Bloomberg-Businessweek, using data from anti-virus software manufacturer Kaspersky, the former U.S.S.R. is a pig sty. Its inhabitants are the most cyber-attacked in the world, and in cyberspace, where the mess is local, it often works its way abroad. Russia is the worst — no surprise there — but Azerbaijan’s and Armenia’s high ranking is undoubtedly due to Armenia’s ongoing invasion of the former. But Tajikstan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan’s high positions undoubtedly arise from what could at best be described as a blase attitude toward intellectual property and the rule of law.

That attitude, in turn, is the real danger to these countries’ hopes of future European and world integration. As long as they maintain a Soviet-era view of private property, their future in the modern world will be more than a few nodes away.

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