While Crowdstrike is currently the most egregious offender in terms of irresponsible intelligence analysis, the entire industry needs to formally institute a process of peer review and malware sharing similar to what Brendan Dolan-Gavitt proposed in 2014. The lack of ground truth regarding threat actors combined with market incentives attached to nation state attribution claims and an industry that is reluctant to speak out against its own makes peer review an absolute necessity.
The FSB officers accused by the U.S. justice Department are Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchyn. For ordering them since 2014 to December 2016 allegedly worked with hackers Alexey Belan and Baratov Karim. The latter was arrested yesterday in Canada, has dual citizenship, Canada and Kazakhstan. It is expected that the partnership was “mutually beneficial” – the special services received closed personal big data citizens and companies (e.g., database of customers and orders) and access confidential correspondence of high-ranking officials, and hackers stole credit cards and digital wallets for personal enrichment.22-year-old Karim Baratova, for example, was owned Mercedes-Benz C54 and convertible, Aston Martin DBS, and sports cars with six-digit price tag in dollars, which he loved to sit in social networks, and which will now be used as evidence.
“If you start selling in the United States pills, antivirus software and hats with antennas that say ‘remedy against Russian hackers’ on them, there will be enough profit for three generations ahead,” the Russian diplomat said on her Facebook page.
As told a source of “Rosbalt” familiar with the situation, Vladimir Anikeyev was detained by FSB officers at the end of October 2016, when he arrived in Saint Petersburg from Ukraine. “The operation was the result of long work. Was played complex operational combination in order to lure Lewis from the Ukraine, where he did not intend to return,” — said the source Agency. Anikeeva was taken to the Moscow Investigative Department of the FSB charged him under article 272 of the criminal code (Illegal access to computer information).
Close to the Kremlin source told RBC that the investigation of how “Humpty Dumpty” received information, engaged in one of the Federal officials, became a victim of hackers. According to the source, he used his connections in the security services. The interlocutor of RBC argues that the organizers of the attacks was identified a year ago, and the delay of their detention or disclosure of information on the case was related to image risk for the security services.
The scandalous criminal case of high treason, which previously involved top manager of Kaspersky Lab Ruslan Stoyanov and Deputy Head of the FSB Information Security Center (ISC) Sergey Mikhailov, now has a third defendant. According to media reports, the accused is Mikhailov’s subordinate, FSB detective Dmitry Dokuchaev. However, none of the Moscow courts could confirm the information that employees of special services have been arrested.
The Federal security service (FSB) is ready to repel cyber attacks on important critical infrastructure of Russia. This statement was made by state Secretary – Deputy Director of the FSB of Russia Dmitry Shalkov in his speech in the state Duma, where he represented the package of government bills “On the security of critical information infrastructure (CII) of the Russian Federation”.
News reports from Russia and a statement from AV company Kaspersky confirmed that two of Russia’s leading cyber security experts were arrested on charges of treason. Along with Kaspersky’s manager Ruslan Stoyanov, the reports also named Sergei Mikhailov, a senior FSB (Federal Security Service) officer. While Kaspersky had clearly said that the investigation “dates back to the time before Stoyanov was hired by Kaspersky,” fresh reports suggest otherwise.
I has become known that the top Manager of “Kaspersky Lab” Ruslan Stoyanov, head of the Department for the investigation of cybercrime, has been arrested and is closely cooperating with law enforcement. According to “Kommersant”, the arrest may be associated with the investigation in respect of one of the Deputy heads of the information security center (Tsib) of the FSB. In “Kaspersky Lab” claim that it has nothing to do with the company, but experts say that it can affect the relationship of the Internet business with the FSB.
Arrested in a major case of treason, ex-Deputy head of information security Center Sergey Mikhailov may be involved in the activities of the group of hackers “Humpty Dumpty” (Anonymous international), known for its attacks on Russian officials and politicians.
The new doctrine of information security implies that Russia will develop defensive and offensive cyber capabilities to prepare itself for long-term confrontation in a hostile environment.
Kaspersky said in a statement that the distribution of denial attacks (DDoS) began Tuesday at 1300 GMT and targeted “the websites of at least five well-known financial institutions in the top 10” in Russia.