Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Alexey Timofeychev — Arrests send shock waves through Russia’s cyber community

Kaspersky Laboratory confirmed the arrest of Ruslan Stoyanov, head of the Investigations of Computer Incidents Department. The company’s press office told Russia Today that the arrest is not related to the company’s activities because Stoyanov was not a company employee when the criminal case was launched.…
Stoyanov was arrested in December, as was Sergei Mikhailov, the deputy head of the FSB's Information Security Center. Both men face charges of treason, reported Kommersant, citing a source in the FSB.
The FSB is looking into the center's relations with private companies that collaborated with the division of cyber crime investigations. There are accusations that the center's employees received money from foreign organizations.
Mikhailov was one of the center's key employees who "basically curated the country’s entire Internet business," reported Kommersant.
Looks like more results of Putin's anti-corruption drive.

The arrest was announced previously but this is the first explanation.

Russia Beyond the Headlines
Arrests send shock waves through Russia’s cyber community
Alexey Timofeychev


Salsabob said...

"According to the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, the FSB believes Sergei Mikhailov tipped off U.S. officials to information about Vladimir Fomenko and his server rental company “King Servers,” which the American cybersecurity company ThreatConnect identified last September as “an information nexus” that was used by hackers suspected of working for Russian state security in cyberattacks."

Trump team gets top secret briefings and Russia ferrets out a couple deep moles for teh Gulag a week or two later???

Corruption, my butt.

Delusion is now rampant.

Tom Hickey said...

Links were posted to MNE about Fomrenko and King Servers at the time.

Formenko said that the clients using his servers suspected in the hacks were new signups from abroad and were not Russian-speakers. Moreover, they stiffed him for payment. He shut down the accounts as soon as discovered. He offered to provide US intelligence with all info on the users he had, but later said that he was never connected by US intel.