Free Shaltay-Boltay members flee to EU
Hacker called Alexander said that he met Shaltay-Boltay leader through a dating site.
One of the members of the hacker group intends to apply for asylum in Estonia. This is reported by Kommersant with reference to the Financial Times, for which a hacker calling himself Alexander gave an interview. He provided a photo with the members and emails sent by him from Shaltay-Boltay account as evidence of his connection to hackers. Interestingly, according to some sources, one of the members dubbed Shaltay resided in Estonia. It is not known whether he had the citizenship of the country.
Alexander said that he met leader of Shaltay-Boltay Vladimir Anikeev in 2003 in St. Petersburg at a meeting of damochka.ru dating site users. As the hacker asserts, about 10 years later Anikeev turned to him for help - it was necessary to publish compromising material on a high-ranking Russian official.
He added that he was not aware of how the group had got access to the material about the official. According to him, down the road they started to make money on the dirty laundry obtained. He was about to leave, but he did not manage to do it as by the time he 'knew too much'. Alexander estimates the total turnover of the group at $1-2 million, with most of the money going to 'operating costs'. However he does not know the exact number of Shaltay-Boltay members. Living in Thailand recently Alexander communicated with Anikeev, who was most often in Kiev, by means of e-correspondence.
The Office of Investigations of the FSB is planning to complete the investigation against direct Shaltay-Boltay members detained – Vladimir Anikeev (Lewis), Konstantin Teplyakov (March Hare) and Aleksander Filinov (Mad Hatter) – by April of this year.
According to Kommersant, the case is handled by FSB investigator Sergey Aguzarov. He is also known due to the case when female student Aleksandra Ivanova (Varvara Karaulova), who tried to join the militants of Islamic state (IS) terrorist organization banned in Russia, got a term.
Hackers are charged with several episodes of criminal activity provided by part 3 of Art. 272 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Illegal Access to Computer Information), namely with hacking accounts and e-mail boxes of the citizens, and posting their contents on the Internet afterwards.
Filinov did not plead guilty and tries to appeal the decision of the investigator and the courts. On the contrary, Anikeev filed a claim for a pre-trial agreement, and testified against the other members of the group and FSB officers.
Another accomplice – 30-year-old citizen of Ukraine Irina Shevchenko (Alice) – was issued a wanted notice. According to the investigation, it was her who went to Moscow restaurants and obtained information from visitors' gadgets with special programs installed on her laptop. In addition, it was also her who encashed cryptocurrency earned by the group.
As The CrimeRussia reported before, there may be new detentions among employees of the FSB Information Security Center associated with the Shaltay-Boltay case. Now two members of the security services - Sergey Mikhailov and Dmitry Dokuchaev – are targeted in the investigation. They were arrested in December 2016 on suspicion of High Treason (Art. 275 of the Criminal Code).
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