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The Ukrainian hacker who became the FBI’s best weapon – and worst nightmare

Hacker Maksym Popov gave himself up to the FBI and joined its fight against Eastern European cybercrime. Trouble is, he never really gave up his black hat.

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One Thursday in January 2001, Maksym Igor Popov, a 20-year-old Ukrainian man, walked nervously through the doors of the United States embassy in London. While Popov could have been mistaken for an exchange student applying for a visa, in truth he was a hacker, part of an Eastern European gang that had been raiding US companies and carrying out extortion and fraud. A wave of such attacks was portending a new kind of cold war, between the US and organized criminals in the former Soviet bloc, and Popov, baby-faced and pudgy, with glasses and a crew cut, was about to become the conflict’s first defector.

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