RUSSIA: FSB to employ the leader of the Shaltay Boltay hacker group

“The [Shaltay Boltay] group is famous for their attacks of email addresses and other means of communication of  persons like Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, News Media CEO Aram Gabrelyanov, former head of Ministry of Defense Construction Department Roman Filimonov and many others.”

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Vladimir Anikeev — Courtesy of ‘Crime Russia’

According to his lawyer, Vladimir Anikeev has been offered a job as an adviser for the Information Security Division of the Russian Federal Security Services (FSB). Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_Today

Between October and December 2016, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has arrested  three members of the Anonymous International/Shaltay-Boltay: Vladimir Anikeev (‘Lewis’) –the leader and founder of the group — as well as two of his alleged accomplices Aleksandr Filinov (‘Mad Hatter’) and Konstantin Tepljakov (‘March Hare’). Anikeev’s girlfriend and accomplice Irina Shevchenko (‘Alice’) is ‘wanted’ by the FSB. Another member, Alexander Glazastikov is on the run and hopes to be granted political asylum in Estonia.

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Vladimir Anikeev claims to be a former journalist. Anikeev is believed to be the founder and leader of the site Shaltay-Boltay hacker group ( Humpty Dumpty).

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The header of the Shaltay-Boltay (Humpty Dumpty) website

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ARREST — On October 9 2016, FSB operatives lured Vladimir Anikeev ( aka “Lewis”)  from Kiev, where he lived in recent years. He was arrested at the border between Belarus and Russia and then transferred to Moscow.

LEGAL CHARGE — Anikeev has been charged under part 3 of Art. 272 of the Criminal Code (Illegal Access to Computer Information) with the maximum prison sentence of five years.

LIFE — Anikeev was born in Makhachkala [The capital city of the Republic of Dagestan, Russia. It is located on the western shore of the Caspian Sea and is home to the Makhachkala Grand Mosque, one of Russia’s largest.] before moving to St. Petersburg in the 90’s, where — he claims — he worked as a journalist for some time.  Anikeev has lived in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev and Bangkok.

WAG — His ex-wife Zinaida Anikeeva resides in Kiev and works as a fitness instructor. Anikeev’s girlfriend Irina Shevchenko — who worked as a trainer in the same club as Zinaida — also lives in Kiev. (Shevchenko is now wanted by the FSB.)

HACKING BUSINESS — In the 2000s, Anikeev teamed up with  hackers, and started stealing information from computers of high-ranking officials and businessmen.  The group worked both for themselves and for other people who employed them. The hackers would then demand a ransom from these individuals. In case of refusal, they would sell this information for bitcoins through Ukraine and published it on the web.

PHONE HACKED — FSB officers managed to identify  all the members of the hacker group via Vladimir Anikeev’s phone. The operation resulted in detention of Konstantin Teplyakov and Aleksandr Filimonov. Ukrainian citizen Irina Shevchenko (‘Alice’), who is currently living in Kiev, is also on the “Wanted List” of  the FSB.

TESTIMONY — Anikeev’s testimony led to the arrest of Deputy Head of the FSB ISC [Information Security Center] Colonel Sergey Mikhailov and his colleague Major Dmitry Dokuchaev. (This information seems to be denied by Anikeev’s lawyer.)

‘Guilty’

Anikeev has pleaded guilty to one case of unauthorized access to computer information. (unauthorized access to e-mail of Sberbank Evgeny Kislyakov)

According to Anikeev’s lawyer Ruslan Koblev:

Anikeev confirmed he is the hacker known as ‘Lewis’

Anikeev denies knowing FSB high-ranking officers Colonel Sergey Mikhailov and Major Dmitry Dokuchaev.

Lewis 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.

Plea bargain

According to his lawyer, Anikeev collaborates with the investigators. The FSB would provide him with a appartment in Moscow — where he would stay under house arrest — and he would be employed as a security adviser. The lenght of his sentence would be cut in half.

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Shaltay-Boltay leader gets a job and thinks of plea bargain — Crime Russia

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