Shaltay-Boltay hacker reveals cooperation with FSB

Shaltay-Boltay hacker reveals cooperation with FSB
Konstantin Teplyakov

The leader of the gang Anikeev allegedly received "verbal recommendations" for cyber attacks.

The court decision on the release on parole of Shaltay-Boltay hacker Konstantin Teplyakov entered into force, after which he announced the cooperation with the FSB. According to Teplyakov, all the members of Shaltay-Boltay mostly lived abroad, and their leader, Vladimir Anikeev, received “verbal recommendations” from law enforcement agencies for work.

“Anikeev got consultations in Moscow or St. Petersburg. Since August 2015, he has worked with the FSB. There were proofs of this, he brought instructions for work, demands to launch a business, and cease some others,” RBC quotes Teplyakov.

Teplyakov does not know who the instructors were but assumes that they could be FSB officers Sergey Mikhailov and Dmitry Dokuchaev, arrested on charges of high treason in late 2016.

Members of Shaltay-Boltay were found guilty of unlawful access to information protected by law. In particular, they hacked the correspondence of such famous persons as TV host Dmitry Kiselev, head of the Sberbank directorate Evgeny Kislyakov, presidential aide Andrey Belousov and others. The cybercriminals were selling the information.

The investigation stated that the attackers forged some correspondence. Teplyakov rejected it. According to him, the investigators fabricated some of the documents; allegedly "materials on the episode with Kislyakov from Sberbank were falsified."

Teplyakov explained the criminal prosecution of Shaltay-Boltay with the inconsistency between the departments of the FSB. The leader of the group, Anikeev, assured that Teplyakov has an indirect relation to Shaltay-Boltay, carried out random assignments.

“Teplyakov knows a little more about the group than the average man in the street. I visited St. Petersburg on my personal affairs, as I lived in this city,” Anikeev said.

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