Trial of Shaltay-Boltay hacker group began
The state prosecution requested the closure of the process in connection with the availability of materials containing state secrets.
Today, August 10, the Moscow City Court began considering the case of Shaltay-Boltay (Humpty Dumpty) hacker group members Alexander Filinov and Konstantin Teplyakov, RAPSI reports.
At the very beginning of the process, the state prosecution requested to hear this case a huis clos in connection with the availability of materials containing state secrets. The court granted this motion. Defense of the defendants asked not to close the judicial investigation from the listeners, the defendants supported this position.
Earlier, the defendants' lawyers stated that the indictment contained no secret information, including the names of persons who are in the status of victims, are widely known, and they themselves have not expressed a desire to have anything to do with this process.
Filinov and Teplyakov are charged with committing a crime under part 3 of Article 272 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Unauthorized Access to Computer Information by a group of persons on preliminary conspiracy or by an organized group). Filinov denied his involvement in the crime, Teplyakov, on the contrary, admitted his guilt.
Earlier, the Moscow City Court sentenced Vladimir Anikeev, the leader of Shaltay-Boltay, to two years in a general-regime colony. He was accused under similar article. Anikeev concluded a pre-trial agreement with the investigation, in connection with which the case was examined in a special order. The verdict did not come into legal force and was appealed by the defense.
Shaltay-Boltay hacker group took wind several years ago. Hackers cracked computers and tablets of high-ranking officials, organizations and the media, and traded stolen information through the Web.
Businessman Badri Shengelia – a ‘professional witness’ and notorious figure of criminal St. Petersburg – won’t help the law enforcement authorities anymore in their struggle against corruption, banditry, and internal intrigues. The professional ‘work’ of the killers has drawn a line under his controversial life and left plenty of questions to the investigators – because persons interested in this murder can be found literally everywhere, including their own agency.