Leader of Shaltay-Boltay hacker group jailed for 2 years
Vladimir Anikeev was found guilty of six episodes of unlawful access to computer information.
The Moscow City Court sentenced leader of the hacker group Shaltay-Boltay Vladimir Anikeev, also known by the nickname Lewis, to two years in a colony of general regime.
Anikeev was found guilty of Unlawful Access to Information on six episodes (part 3 of Article 272 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
Earlier it was reported that Anikeev went to a deal with the investigation, in connection with which his case was considered in a special order without examining the evidence. In this case, the court was held behind closed doors because of the security classification.
According to the investigation, a group of hackers cracked the e-mail of TV presenter Dmitry Kiselev, Deputy Head of the Internal Policy Department of the Presidential Administration Timur Prokopenko, press secretary of Prime Minister Natalia Timakova, secretary of businessman Magomed Magomedov Elena Morozova, former top manager of Sberbank Evgenya Kislyakova and assistant to the President Andrey Belousov.
The hackers sold the information for bitcoins on the Information Exchange virtual platform.
Besides Anikeev, in the case of Shaltay-Boltay Konstantin Teplyakov and Alexander Filinov were detained and arrested. Another member of the group Alexander Glazastikov is in Estonia. The investigation into the case against Teplyakov and Filinov was completed, the last one does not admit his guilt.
In May, Rosbalt reported that the investigation established the founder of the Information Exchange, whose case is connected with the case of the Shaltay-Boltay group. The FSB believes that this is journalist Andrey Nekrasov, the former editor in chief of the Izhevsk Observer newspaper. He, according to the investigation, is the Hatter from Shaltay-Boltay. The journalist, who is currently in Lithuania, is also charged with accusations of improper access to computer information and extortion.