The FSB Purge: Two Narratives | Emptywheel

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.

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Russian Lawyer Says FSB Officers, Kaspersky Manager Charged With Treason |

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.

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“Humpty Dumpty,” collected in prison | Kommersant

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.

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A hacker or a foreign intelligence agent? |

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.

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The relations of the arrested officers of the FSB with the CIA |

The hacker group “Humpty Dumpty” at different times sold or self-published correspondence of the Chairman of the government Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy head of Department on internal policy of presidential administration of Russia Timur Prokopenko and chief editor of the Life channel Aram Gabrelyanov. “Humpty Dumpty” also reported that hackers from the group Fancy Bear that in published data on taking doping athletes from a compromised database world anti-doping Agency (WADA) are related to GRU, the Russian defense Ministry.

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Treason Through the FSB Looking Glass | Moscow Times

In the absence of any hard information, two broad narratives have emerged to explain the arrests. The first is that this is essentially a case of espionage, that they knowingly or unwittingly divulged state secrets to the Americans. The second is that this is instead one of the regular ‘silovik struggles’ take place within and around the security agencies, over resources, seniority or personality. The two need not, however, be mutually exclusive.

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The FSB and the case of “Humpty Dumpty,” |

The group of hackers materialized a few years ago in the information space of literally nowhere. The “professional” circles of them were not known, the group members themselves perfectly codified and living abroad. The participants of the “black” or “Anonymous International”, as they called themselves the criminals, have access to personal data of virtually all of Russia’s political and business elite from the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to the media mogul Aram Gabrelyanov.

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The court extended the arrest of the organizer of the “Humpty Dumpty” |

Lefortovo court of Moscow extended to March 8 arrest of journalist Vladimir Anikeeva charged with illegal access to computer information, and which, according to the media, organized hacker group “Humpty Dumpty.”

“Decree of 28 December 2016 a preventive measure in the form of detention against Anikeeva extended until March 8, 2017,” – he said to “Interfax” court spokesman Yekaterina Krasnova Monday.

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“Humpty Dumpty” targeted high-ranking officials |

There are two versions of cooperation and a high-ranking FSB officer “Humpty Dumpty.” According to the first, Mikhailov was charged to establish who the “Anonymous International”, and find out, he led them to work, which provided substantial benefits to all participants. Blackmail officials and businessmen of their personal correspondence brought huge dividends.

According to another version, the original “Humpty Dumpty” was created with the participation of the aforementioned persons. But both versions say that the basic ideology of the hacker group was “business” – extortion of money from high-ranking officials.

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Hacker in uniform: the famous third defendant in the case of treason to the FSB | RBC.RU

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.

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FSB arrests colleagues accused of hacking | Crimerussia

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.

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Arrested FSB Official Was Allegedly a U.S. Spy | wccftech

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.

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