Cybercriminal Communities Russia and China

Cybersixgill presents Defense Against the Dark Web, a podcast series with Delilah Schwartz.

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In this engaging episode of "Defense Against the Dark Web," host Delilah Schwartz deep-dives into the dynamic cyber threat landscape with Chinese and Russian cybersecurity expert Naomi Yusupov. They revisit their co-authored research report from early 2022 on Russian attempts to collaborate with Chinese cybercriminals, shedding light on the evolution of these cyber threats.

Explore how the Chinese government is actively incorporating independent hackers and hacktivist groups into a state-affiliated cyber force, leading to a transition from conventional dark web forums to Chinese instant messaging platforms. At the same time, the Russian cybercriminal scene is adjusting in light of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, as hacktivist activities migrate to platforms such as Telegram and Twitter. This transformation is further complicated by the emergence of ransomware-as-a-service and DDoS-as-a-service offerings, contributing to the evolving cyber threat landscape.

Tune in for critical insights on the potential emergence of a cyber cold war between Russia and China, highlighting the urgency of bolstering cybersecurity defenses in this dynamic environment.

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Meet our speakers

Delilah Schwartz

Delilah Schwartz

Security Strategist

Delilah Schwartz boasts a unique blend of expertise in the fields of extremism, internet-enabled radicalization and the cybercriminal underground. Leveraging her extensive multidisciplinary knowledge and research analysis skills, Delilah brings a unique perspective to the cybersecurity industry, providing valuable insights into the complex and rapidly evolving threat landscape. Delilah is passionate about democratizing cybersecurity discourse, and making ‘cyber speak’ accessible to a non-technical audience.


Naomi Yusupov

Chinese & Russian Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst

Naomi Yusupov is a senior analyst with expertise in Chinese & Russian Cyber Threat Intelligence. Fluent in both Mandarin and Russian, she delves into the deep and dark web realms of these regions, leveraging her double major in Economics and Chinese Studies, along with her firsthand experience living in China, for a comprehensive understanding of cyber criminals and their motivation.

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