What has also gone unmentioned is that at a time when Russia and the US would be staring each other down on a “cyber” battlefield, Putin just apparently took out a number of the key players in that field. No one has mentioned that, but even if these guys were working both sides in a manner that brought value to Putin, having them removed may leave holes in Russia’s cyber offense for the near future.
Despite earlier denials, two former FSB officers and one former Manager of “Kaspersky Lab” is really charged with treason in favor of the United States, said the lawyer of one of arrested. So loud “the case of the Russian hacker” has become overtly spyware shade, from what we can make several important conclusions.
Ivan Pavlov, who is representing one of the detainees, told RFE/RL in a phone interview on February 1 that more than three people had been detained in the case. He refused to identify his client or whether his client was an employee of the FSB.
Pavlov told RFE/RL the individuals were suspected of passing on classified information to U.S. intelligence, but not necessarily the CIA.
Truly a series of high-profile arrests in the country continues. And this time it touched the cyber hackers, working in conjunction with the FSB very high-ranking employees of special services.
Kommersant has learned the names of two more defendants in a criminal case, according to one version associated with the hacker group “Humpty Dumpty”. Along with its alleged leader Vladimir Anikeyev from the beginning of December in prison are his friend Konstantin Teplyakov, Alexander Filinov. About the latter nothing is known, but Mr. Teplyakov in 2009 he created dozens of phishing sites, and in recent years lived in Thailand and Kiev, driving real estate agencies.
Meanwhile, the Central intelligence Agency (CIA) would not comment on reports that those arrested on charges of treason and the hackers and the Russian FSB officers are accused of transferring confidential information to the CIA. “We refuse to comment on it”, – told “Interfax” the representative of American intelligence agencies.
One of the key newsmakers of the publication in addition to Kimberly Zenz was a man of Dmitry Alperovich, who left Russia in the mid-2000s and settled in the United States. In September 2016 it Alperovich, the incumbent technical Director for CrowdStrike, he was the first who accused Russian hackers associated with the secret services, in a hacking attack on the servers of the National Committee of the US Democratic party and stealing confidential documents, among which was allegedly and records on Donald trump.
Our sources confidently assume that the officers of CIB Mikhailov and Dokuchaev had contact not only with Zinc, but with Alperovich.