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.
Alleged leader of hacker group “Humpty Dumpty” Vladimir Anikeyev made a deal with the investigation, but his criminal case is irrelevant to those arrested for treason to the staff of CDC FSB of the Russian Federation, told RIA Novosti on Wednesday a source familiar with the case.
“Anikeev actively cooperating with the investigation, he went with authorities for a deal. His case is separate and has no relation to the arrested on charges of treason to the staff of the information security Center of FSB of the Russian Federation”, — said the Agency interlocutor.
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.