"For information freedom on Internet": Shaltay-Boltay leader denies political motive
There is a split among the participants of the hacker group. Remaining at large member of Shaltay-Boltay claims on cooperation with the FSB, and prisoners in jail in every way trying to distance themselves from the work with the secret services.
Members of the hacker group Shaltay-Boltay (Humpty Dumpty) reported conflicting information about the work of their community. So, hiding in Estonia hacker Alexander Glazastikov told that members of Shaltay-Boltay worked under the control of the FSB and sold leaks, provided by special service. Located in the detention center Lefortovo group leader Vladimir Anikeev refutes Glazastikov's words.
"We are the anarchists, we did it for the sake of information freedom on the Internet, not because of any political order," Anikeev's lawyer Ruslan Koblev conveyed.
Lawyers of the hacker group leader said that Anikeev pleaded guilty to unauthorized access to computer information. Koblev stressed that defendants allegedly "hacked only personal mails, never service one."
Recall that in the case against hackers only one episode figures - the victim was Sberbank employee Evgeny Kislyakov, whose email was hacked by Shaltay-Boltay members.
As the CrimeRussia previously reported, alleged members of Shaltay-Boltay, its founder Vladimir Anikeev (Lewis), Alexander Filinov (Mad Hatter) and Konstantin Teplyakov (March Hare), were detained in November last year. They were charged under part 3 of Art. 272 of the Criminal Code (Illegal Access to Computer Information). According to investigators, the group members obtained dirt on public figures, demanded a ransom from them, and in case of refusal they sold the data for Bitcoins via Ukraine or published them in the public domain.
Besides, there are assumptions that due to the testimony of Lewis senior executive of Kaspersky Lab Ruslan Stoyanov and FSB ISC officers Sergey Mikhailov and Dmitry Dokuchaev were arrested. They are accused of high treason. According to unofficial information, the hackers operated under the FSB supervision.
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