Cultivation of ‘hackers-traitors’ from FSB was conducted by elite division of counter intelligence

Cultivation of ‘hackers-traitors’ from FSB was conducted by elite division of counter intelligence

Furious eagerness to expose the high-ranking colleagues is explained by opposition in intelligence agency.⁠

It became known that the 2nd service of the Department of Internal Security (DIS) of counter intelligence was engaged in case of treason in the Federal Security Service. Two sources reported this to RBC, one of which is familiar with investigation details, and another is close to a management of the FSB.  

To recall, in December of last year the Deputy Head of the Center of Information Security (ISC) of intelligence agency, Colonel Sergey Mikhailov, his colleague - senior operative of the 2nd department of operational management of the ISC, Major Dmitry Dokuchayev, and also head of department of investigation of computer incidents of Kaspersky Lab Ruslan Stoyanov and the Internet entrepreneur Georgy Fomchenkov were detained under a charge of High Treason (Art. 275 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation)

According to the newspaper, being one of the most influential divisions both as a part of DIS of FSB, and whole intelligence agency the ‘two’ (the 2nd service of DIS of FSB) ran operational maintenance of criminal case, that is watched after defendants, wiretapped their phones, carried out searches and detentions. Then case papers were transferred to Investigation department of FSB in order that this case did not go beyond department.

It is known that till September, 2016 the 2nd service DIS FSB was headed by Alexey Komkov - nowadays heading all Department of Internal Security. Earlier, the department was headed by well-known general Oleg Feoktistov during the leadership of whom, high-ranking officials were arrested -  chief of the General Administration for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption of the Ministry of Internal Affairs police lieutenant general Denis Sugrobov and his Deputy police Major General Boris Kolesnikov, Governor of the Sakhalin Region Alexander Khoroshavin, Governor of the Komi Republic Vyacheslav Gaizer and officials of his administration, Mayor of Vladivostok Igor Pushkarev, and, at last, the Governor of the Kirov Region Nikita Belykh. And already working as the head of the security service of Rosneft he was suspected of development of transaction on detention of the Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev.

After Komkov's appointment, functionality of the 6th service of the FSB passed to the 2nd service of DIS an interlocutor of RBC close to a counter intelligence management notes. Then its former head Feoktistov passed into Rosneft, and Ivan Tkachev who too was once heading this department passed to the leading post into management K of service of an economic safety of FSB.

Also sources shared information that the ISC always had intense relations with the Center of information security and special communication of FSB.

The interlocutor of the newspaper also confirmed the alleged cause of arrest of suspects which was earlier voiced by Reuters. According to its data defendants in the case “transferred confidential data to the American company Verisign and to other commercial organizations which in turn transferred these data to intelligence agencies of the USA”. It should be noted that according to what representative of the Verisign company said in an interview to the same Reuters, the company really obtained information, but it was not confidential.

According to Novaya Gazeta, Mikhailov came into the view of colleagues after he “handed over” owner of the King Servers company Vladimir Fomenko, whom the USA suspected of cyber attack on the electoral systems in states Arizona and Illinois. Sources of the newspaper claimed that the American intelligence agencies learned about their organizer from Mikhailov.

At the same time, as Interfax reports, persons involved explained the communication with foreign intelligence agencies with recruiting work with them.

To recall, case of hacker group Shaltay-Boltay, which, according to Rosbalt, was supervised by Mikhailov, was allocated in separate production. Also detained last fall its expected leader Vladimir Anikeev and rank-and-file members Alexander Filinov and Konstantin Teplyakov are accused of Illegal Access to Computer Information made by a group of persons by previous concert (part 3 Art. 272 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

Shaltay-Boltay became known after it begun to publish the cracked mail of the Russian politicians, businessmen and media persons. The Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, editor-in-chief of Life TV channel Aram Gabrelyanov, TV host, deputy CEO of VGTRK Dmitry Kiselyov and many others became his victims, in particular. Shaltay-Boltay is also accused of ‘leakage’ of correspondence of  former Deputy of the Chief of the Presidential Administration Vladislav Surkov.

It should be added, the 2nd management of the service which is responsible in our country for state security historically was engaged in suppression of intelligence (espionage) activities. In the 1941st year the 2nd management of People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs was responsible for counterintelligence. And after unsuccessful attempt to unite investigation and counterintelligence in uniform Main Intelligence Directorate of GRU of MGB USSR, it has been allocated in the second management of KGB again. In the contemporary history from 1993 to 1995 management existed as separate body - the Federal Service of Counterintelligence (FSC).

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