“Sergei Mikhailov, a top cybersecurity specialist in the FSB, and his deputy Dmitry Dokuchaev are being accused of breaking their oath and working with the CIA.”
Interfax News Agency
Between October and December 2016, the Federal Security Service (FSB) has arrested Anonymous International/Shaltay-Boltay leader Vladimir Anikeev as well as two of his alleged accomplices Aleksandr Filinov and Konstantin Tepljakov. Vladimir Anikeev’s girlfriend Irina Shevchenko is on the “wanted list”. The FSB has also arrested Ruslan Stoyanov, the former head of Kaspersky Lab’s Computer Incident Investigation Department. Last but not least, the FSB has arrested colonel Sergey Mikhailov and his colleague Major Dmitry Dokuchaev, both senior officers of the 2nd Operational Management of FSB Information Security Center. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
WARNING — The arrest of the high-ranking officers of the Federal Security Service – Sergey Mikhaylov and Dmitry Dokuchayev may or may not be connected with the case of the Shaltay Boltay hack group. Also, it is not known at this point whether or not, this story is related to the “hack” of the 2016 US Presidential election.
Indeed on February 5 2017, Russian media reported that Anikeev has pleaded guilty to unauthorized access to computer information. According to Anikeev’s lawyer Ruslan Koblev:
Anikeev confirmed he is the hacker known as ‘Lewis’
Anikeev now denies knowing FSB high-ranking officers Colonel Sergey Mikhailov and Major Dmitry Dokuchaev. [This is a bit strange for it has been assumed so far that Anikeev had pointed Mikhailov to the investigators after his arrest in October 2016. But, even if this information is true, it does not rule out the possibility that Mikhailov was ‘using’ Anikeev since he acknowledged that he did not always know who he was working for.]
Anikeev is charged only with part 3 of Article 272 (Illegal Access to Computer Information).
Anikeev claims that the arrests of the FSB officers and Kaspersky Lab employee — charged with treason — have nothing to do with his case.
This series will focus on the profiles of the — known — individuals wanted or arrested so far, as well as those who may be arrested in the near future. Their suspected crimes and the global timeline of this affair will also be detailed in two other posts. These posts will be updated whenever additional information is made available.
RELATED POST: WHO IS Shaltay-Boltay? FSB Colonel Sergey Mikhailov
RELATED POST: WHO IS Shaltay-Boltay? Irina Shevchenko (‘Alice’)
RELATED POST: WHO IS Shaltay-Boltay? Vladimir Anikeev (‘Lewis’)
Profile of FSB Major Dmitry Dokuchaev (‘Forb’)
Regarded as a experienced hacker, Dokuchaev also worked at the (2nd department of operative management) FSB ISC (Information Security Center). Dmitry Dokuchaev was thus a colleague of Mikhailov’s at the FSB.
ARREST — Major Dmitry Dokuchaev was detained in December 2016. (Mikhailov was detained at a board meeting — escorted out of the room with a bag thrown over his head.)
LEGAL CHARGE — Major Dmitry Dokuchaev has been charged under Art. 275 of the Criminal Code (High treason).
CRIMES — Being accused of treason, the case is classified. It is not known exactly what crimes he is suspected of having committed.
LIFE — Dokuchaev is native of Yekaterinburg, where he graduated from one of the technical colleges in 2005. In the IT-community, he gained fame after breaking through several major sites, including in the US. These events attracted the attention of the FSB ISC.
FSB ISC — Dokuchaev worked as a hacker under the alias “Forb” until Russia’s Federal Security Service threatened to jail him. The FSB had traced Dokuchaev to the card thefts, and threatened to prosecute him unless he agreed to work for the agency According to Russian media ‘Gazeta’, his name fist surfaced in 2012, during an investigation concerning the criminal case of the founder and CEO processing company “Chronopay” Paul Wroblewski.
COINCIDENCES — Paul Wroblewski rented the servers that the FBI has linked to suspicious activities related to the US 2016 Presidential election. Colonel Sergey Mikhailov testified against Wroblewski at his trial. Since that time, Wroblewski has accused Mikhailov to be a spy for some US Intelligence Agencies, including the FBI.
PSEUDONYM — Gazeta learned that Dokuchaev had been writing for the magazine “Hacker” since 2005, hiding under the pseudonym “Forb”.
Anonymous International: ordinary blackmail or high treason? — Crime Russia