Shaltay-Boltay's case: forthcoming detentions of FSB officers

Shaltay-Boltay's case: forthcoming detentions of FSB officers
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Arrested Head of the FSB ISC Sergey Mikhailov is not the most important link in a chain of evidence.

Security officials are planning new detention of the FSB Information Security Center (ISC) staff, which may be involved in the activity of hacker group Shaltay-Boltay (Humpty Dumpty).

The source of RIA Novosti reported that the arrest of the Head of the Second Operational Department of the ISC Sergey Mikhailov and another officer Dmitry Dokuchaev "is just the beginning”. According to the source, Shaltay-Boltay collaborated with a number of people, including those intermediaries, whose identities are still not established.

The source said that the arrested employees of the ISC "were on the hook of law enforcement agencies for a long time." The source believes that Sergey Mikhailov was "not the most important in a chain of evidence" and the investigation plans new detentions.

Previously, the CrimeRussia reported with reference to the information of Interfax that Mikhailov and Dokuchaev are charged with cooperation with the CIA. Meanwhile, informants of RIA Novosti noted that the investigation has not yet been established, what information FSB officers could feed to foreign intelligence services.

As the CrimeRussia previously reported, Sergey Mikhailov and another ISC officer Dmitry Dokuchaev were detained in December 2016 on suspicion of High Treason (Art. 275 of the Criminal Code). According to sources, earlier arrested Vladimir Anikeev (Lewis), the founder of Shaltay-Boltay, gave testimony against FSB officers. Presumably, it was Mikhailov, who oversaw the hacker group, on which he was able to come out at the beginning of 2016. He, being one of the key employees of the FSB ISC, supplied hackers information for blackmailing and extorting money from high-ranking officials and businessmen. In case of refusal to pay victims' personal information, correspondence and other data sold for Bitcoins through Ukraine. Note that in the framework of the case head of the computer incidents investigation department of Kaspersky Lab Ruslan Stoyanov was also arrested. In total, according to Interfax, currently, four people were arrested, as well as 8 people appear as accessories.

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