Shaltay-Boltay’s attorney denies his clients hacked Medvedev’s e-mail

Shaltay-Boltay’s attorney denies his clients hacked Medvedev’s e-mail
Vladimir Anikeev

Shaltay-Boltay hackers were not involved with hacking of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s e-mail, according to the Shaltay-Boltay hacker group’s attorney.

Ruslan Koboev, the attorney of Shaltay-Boltay’s leader Vladimir Anikeev, told media outlets that his client and his teammates were not involved with hacking of Dmitry Medvedev’s e-mail and Twitter account.

Kobolev pointed out he doubts average hackers could hack Prime Minister’s e-mail at all. He added that Anikeev is accused of hacking e-mails of regular citizens. It is worth mentioning that he is not accused of hacking public officials’ e-mails containing secrets protected by the law in this case.

Anikeev claimed he was not involved with hacking of e-mails hosted on the “gov.ru” server, according to the attorney.

May we remind you that Vladimir Anikeev and 2 other Shaltay-Boltay members – Aleksandr Filionov and Konstantin Teplyakov – are accused of breaking the article 272, part 3 (Illegal Access to Computer Information Committed by a Group of Persons by Previous Concert or by an Organized Group, or by a Person through his/her Official Position) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, as earlier reported by the CrimeRussia.

Shaltay-Boltay led by Vladimir Anikeev was involved with hacking of mobile phones and e-mails of public officials and business people and later sold acquired confidential information, according to investigative agencies.

Head of the Directorate for Housing and Public Utilities of Sberbank of Russia Evgeny Kislyakov was proved to be a Shaltay-Boltay’s victim.

FSB Colonel Sergey Mikailov was Shaltay-Boltay’s supervisor, as earlier reported. He worked as the Deputy Head of the Information Security Center of the security agency.

Mikailov, Senior Criminal Investigator of the 2nd Operational Administration Department of the Center and former hacker Dmitry Dokuchaev, Head of the Kaspersky Lab Department for Investigation of Computer Incidents Ruslan Stoyanov, and Internet entrepreneur Georgy Fomchenkov are accused of breaking the article 274 (Violating the Rules for Operation of the Facilities for Computer Information Storage, Processing and Transmittance and of Information-Telecommunication Networks) of the Code.

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