Shaltay-Boltay member denies gang participation in hacker attacks during US elections
The Administration of former US President Barack Obama accused the FSB of orchestrating attacks on servers of the Democratic Party, and Russian hackers – of conducting them. Alexander Glazastikov argues that Shaltay-Boltay gang was interested in Russia alone.
Hacker group Shaltay-Boltay has nothing to do with the attacks on the US Democratic Party servers during the 2016 election campaign. The only remaining free member of Shaltay-Boltay Alexander Glazastikov, who asked for political asylum in Estonia, said this to Associated Press.
Previously the administration of President Barack Obama pointed the finger of blame for the hacker attacks at the Russian government. According to the American Democrats, they wished Republican Donald Trump to win the elections.
"We have never held interests abroad and in the US in particular. Nowhere, except in Russia", – Glazastikov told Associated Press.
In addition, the Shaltay-Boltay member emphasized that hackers had agreed to a deal with the FSB, the marrow of which was to harmonize the compromising material obtained with the KGB (Committee for State Security) before its publication in exchange for prosecution immunity. However, for some unknown reason the events developed in contradiction to the agreement, and this led to the leader of Shaltay-Boltay and two members of the group being arrested.
In his recent interview to Rain TV channel Glazastikov reported that FSB officers contacted him through a proxy server by sending the following letter: "Guys, we know everything about you. We will not arrest you, but in return for this we want to know your plans".
However Glazastikov did not respond to journalists' questions about the possible involvement of ISC FSB officers arrested for high treason Sergey Mikhailov and Dmitry Dokuchaev in the activity of Shaltay-Boltay. AP notes that their arrests fuel speculations about the FSB involvement in hacking the servers of the US Democratic Party.
Information about the fact that colonel Mikhailov charged with high treason personally supervised the activities of Shaltay-Boltay spread in late January. But later, as reported by the CrimeRussia, Ivan Pavlov, the lawyer of one of the defendants in the case of high treason in the FSB ISC denied the connection of arrested with the hacker group, stating that the criminal cases are not related to each other in one way or another. Then Ruslan Koblev, the lawyer of Vladimir Anikeev (Lewis), confirmed his words.
In the conversation with AP journalists Alexander Glazastikov also noted that he joined the hacker group as he got tired of the marketing routine. Moreover, Shatay-Boltay leader Anikeev offered him to contribute to the creation of an information source that would serve the public interest.
Shaltay-Boltay quickly became popular as they published discreditable correspondence between Russian officials and businessmen. When the traffic of Shaltay-Boltay site and channel on Twitter soared, the project was commercialized. Blackmailed persons were proposed to buy out incriminating evidence, and if this did not happen, it was published or put up on the Internet for tender for Bitcoins.
According to Glazastikov, hackers "crossed the critical line" when in 2015 they offered for sale letters and documents of Roman Filimonov, Head of Construction Department of the Ministry of Defenсe of the Russian Federation. After that they wrote an open letter in the mocking tone where they accused the military counterintelligence of the inability to keep secrets.
For-sale sign of stolen by Shaltay-Boltay information on Defense Ministry's employee
"It was a game with fire, after this letter the counterintelligence became very interested in us", – Glazastikov told Dozhd reporters.
As the CrimeRussia previously reported, Filimonov himself refused to buy the selection of information belonged to him. However, according to Glazastikov, other people paid 100 thousand dollars for it, perhaps they were representatives of the Ministry of Defence.
As you may remember, on February, 8 the only remaining free member of Shaltay-Boltay Alexander Glazastikov asked former President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves for political asylum. His former Shaltay-Boltay colleagues Vladimir Anikeev, Konstantin Teplyakov and Alexander Filinov (Glazastikov says he has never heard of such a person) are in a pre-trial detention center. All of them are accused under part 3 of Art. 272 of the Criminal Code (Illegal Access to Computer Information protected by law that caused a major damage and was committed by a group of persons by previous concert or by an organised group, or by a person through his/her official position).
The Russia’s Investigative Committee central office has taken the case of former Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Marat Oganesyan for investigation. However, the St. Petersburg’s Investigative Committee dept (regional dept where the case had been investigated previously) did not find state budget damage in the Zenit Arena fraud case.
Among his accomplices are a lawyer, who presented himself as the plenipotentiary of the self-proclaimed republic in the International Criminal Court with the United Nations, and an entrepreneur, already serving a sentence for attempting to seize a building.