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Kaspersky Arrest Gets Curiouser and Curiouser

Employee Information Security Center (CDC) of the FSB of Russia Dmitry Dokuchaev, who was arrested on charges of treason, was previously a hacker Photo

Once again, a senior Russian official associated with the Russian propaganda and cybersecurity programs posted a link to a Russian article covering the FSB and Kaspersky Lab arrests for treason.

Two new disclosures are most interesting

  • “Kaspersky Lab” Ruslan Stoyanov, was previously a hacker.”
  • “The Kremlin has not commented on the case of treason

The case of Stoyanov previous being a hacker is not at all unexpected.  It is been almost standard practice for hackers to be recruited into the Russian intelligence services, many are notably disreputable.

What does not add up at all is the case of treason.  I have analyzed it from every perspective and I can only reach one conclusion.  This group shared information with the West on the use of ‘cyber tools’ against the West.  Most likely is the case of supposed Russian hackers breaking into the DNC, DCCC and Podesta servers, but it is just as likely another Western target or even Western targets in general. The FSB has some serious systemic problems if a leak is of this proportion.

This stands to reason, given the heavy pressure on the US intelligence community to find the details of the hacks that resulted in embarrassing information being shared with Wikileaks.

Again I must remind you, gentle reader, that the hacks were only a minor part in the bigger picture.  It is how the information was then used.  The information obtained was used to influence a US national election which is a definite national security threat.  Not only was the information shared with the world on Wikileaks, it was broadcast and amplified through the media, through fake news sites, through social media, in Russian propaganda, and via multiple other mediums and methods. In the West, we were inundated with fake news, almost overpowering normal trusted media sources.  This threat appears to be actively ignored by both the intelligence and the law enforcement communities.

Russia is an active threat against the United States and the West.

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According to RBC sources, because of the carding Dokuchaev came to the attention of the FSB - it recruited under the threat of criminal prosecution.  As explained by one of the interlocutors of the agency, the Federal Security Service for the CDC is a common practice and the center employs many former hackers

Employee Information Security Center (CDC) FSB Russia Dmitry Dokuchaev , who was arrested on charges of treason, for which also held the deputy head of CDC Colonel Sergei Mikhailov and the head of the investigation department of computer incidents “Kaspersky Lab” Ruslan Stoyanov, was previously a hacker.

It is because of the activities of Dokuchaev hacking he was recruited by the FSB, according to RBC with reference to its own sources. Meanwhile, the Kremlin refused to comment on this high-profile case.

According to RBC sources Dokuchaev about the middle of the 2000s, was an expert on cyber security and hacking, and the web knew him by the nickname Forb. In 2004 Forb, who was then 20 years old, gave an interview to the newspaper “Vedomosti” . In particular, he said that he lives in Yekaterinburg and specializes in hacking on request, and the greatest achievement of his called a successful cyber attack on the US government website. It was also reported that a hacker learns in the fourth year of the local university and works as a system administrator at the department.

Forb also admitted that in the month of such illegal activities, he earns between 100 and 1000 dollars. The most profitable area of business Forb hacker believed carding – stealing money from other people’s credit cards, pointing out that “the average carder” can earn from 5 thousand to $ 30 thousand dollars a month…

According to RBC sources, because of the carding Dokuchaev came to the attention of the FSB – it recruited under the threat of criminal prosecution. As explained by one of the interlocutors of the agency, the Federal Security Service for the CDC is a common practice and the center employs many former hackers.

Until approximately 2005 Dokuchaev was also the editor of the column “Hacking” to “Hacker” magazine, sources say. At the same time the chief editor of “Hacker” Ilya Rusanen could neither confirm nor deny this information to RBC, as led by the publication two years ago.

The press wrote with reference to public sources that before his arrest, Major Dmitry Dokuchaev served as senior security officer of the 2nd department of operative management CDC FSB.

According to RBC’s source, all on charges of treason, which deals with the operational support of the FSB Internal Security Department, four people were arrested. The media reported the names of three of them – Dmitry Dokuchaev, Sergei Mikhailov and Ruslan Stoyanov, noting that all of them were arrested in December 2016.

As it became known, in the framework of an investigation on charges of treason (Art. 275 of the Criminal Code), the investigators checked the information about Mikhaylov receiving money from one of the foreign companies by a member of a certain Russian company in the field of information security.

According to sources, “Novaya Gazeta” , on the trail of Mikhailov came after the United States accused the King Servers Company owner Vladimir Fomenko in the cyber attack on the electoral systems in Arizona and Illinois. Source publication earlier claimed that US intelligence agencies have received this information from Mikhailov.

The CSS FSB suspect that Mikhailov was in charge of the hacker group “Humpty Dumpty”, renowned for hacking personal correspondences Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, the officials of the presidential administration, the Ministry of Defense, Roskomnadzor, the article says. The investigation believes that Dokuchaev was the direct perpetrator burglaries and sinks.

The Kremlin has not commented on the case of treason

Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov on Friday, 27 January, did not respond to a given question journalists about the arrests on charges of treason brought by the Office of its own security FSB. Kremlin spokesman advised to seek explanations to the intelligence agencies, reports “Interfax” .

“No comment, no, we do not deal with arrests, so in this case do not have any information Rather, it is the prerogative of the special services, the ministries and agencies that are engaged in these investigations.” – Peskov said.



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