Famous Australian hacker calls Russian cyberpunks ‘regime slaves’

14 December 2022, 04:11 PM
Robert Potter is a well-known expert in the field of cyber security (Photo:Rohan Thomson/Bloomberg)

Robert Potter is a well-known expert in the field of cyber security (Photo:Rohan Thomson/Bloomberg)

Robert Potter is a cyber-security expert and part-time hacker working with the Australian government. He also works with Ukraine and knows everything about the main threat to its digital space – Russian hackers.

Cyberspace is one of the key areas for Russian attacks in the war against Ukraine. Since its start, they have repeatedly tried to hack the websites of government institutions, state-owned companies, mass media, and banks. And according to billionaire businessman Elon Musk, they even tried to attack his Starlink satellite-based Internet provider.

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Most hacking attempts, however, were prevented, thanks to the coordinated work of the government, as well as Ukrainian and foreign IT specialists.

One of them is Robert Potter, a great specialist in the field of cyber-security, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of the Internet 2.0 company. It works with Australian government to combat cybercrime in the public sector.

In an interview with the Ukrainska Pravda publication, Potter gave details of some of his newest developments with Ukraine — his company has developed a product called obfuscation specifically for Ukraine, which helps to hide critical infrastructure data from malicious attacks.

Potter also has experience in the fight against Russian hackers. He talked about their weaknesses and strengths in his interview, as well as effective methods of combating them.

According to Potter, Russian cybercriminals are quite competent.

“You have to admit that Russian hackers are some of the best in the world,” he said.

“They are not stupid, but they don’t have strong motivation and can fail or make mistakes due to their ‘couldn’t care less’ attitude. The best of them are involved in espionage missions, not destructive ones. Now they face a challenge: they have to retrain.”

Speaking about ways to defeat Russian attacks, Potter praised the tactics of the Ukrainian IT army, which “successfully uses 200,000 inexperienced but motivated young hackers, neutralizing the hacking attempts of 200 super cool hackers.”

Potter advises to focus on the low motivation of Russian criminals.

“I believe you can play on their frustration,” Potter explains. “Russian propaganda and ideology are not popular in all hacker communities. Previously, there were also Ukrainians in these communities. Now Ukrainians simply give out the names of their former Russian colleagues who have become enemies. Besides, Russia is a terrorist state and, of course, all Russian government hackers are simply slaves of the regime. I don't think it makes them happy.”

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