Thursday, January 26, 2017

Arrests and Treason in Russian Cyber Intelligence Related to US Elections

So comes two articles from Russia related to cybercrimes and arrests for treason. Two arrested for treason and closely affiliated with the cyber hacking of the US election and one director fired. Three in all.

Arrests and Firings in Russian Cyber Intelligence

A senior official in the Russian cyberintelligence department that American officials say oversaw last year’s election hacking has been arrested in Moscow on charges of treason, a Russian newspaper reported Wednesday.
The arrest of Sergei Mikhailov, a senior officer of the Federal Security Service, or F.S.B., the main successor agency to the K.G.B., is a rare instance of turmoil in the country’s usually shadowy cybersecurity apparatus slipping into public view.
Mr. Mikhailov served in the F.S.B.’s Center for Information Security, the agency’s cyberintelligence branch, which has been implicated in the American election hacking. But it is not clear whether the arrest was related to those intrusions....

....In another indication of high-level turmoil over cyberintelligence issues within the security agency, Kommersant reported on Jan. 13 that the director of the Center for Information Security, Andrei Gerasimov, would be fired. His termination was related to the investigation into the agency’s cooperation with Kaspersky on criminal hacking cases.
Mr. Gerasimov, who has led the Center for Information Security since 2009, was described as building close ties with companies like the Kaspersky Lab as an element in Russia’s cybersecurity policy. He is also the deputy director for counterintelligence at the F.S.B.... https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/world/europe/sergei-mikhailov-russian-cybercrimes-agent-arrested.html?_r=0


Kaspersky Lab Incident - Stoyanov

Kaspersky Lab confirmed today that one of its top cybersecurity investigators was arrested in December in Russia, reportedly amid charges of treason.
News of the arrest of Ruslan Stoyanov, head of Kaspersky Lab's computer incidents investigations unit, as well as Sergei Mikhailov, deputy head of the information security department at the FSB, first came via Kommersant, a Russian economic newspaper, and word later spread to US news media outlets.
Stoyanov, who had been with Kaspersky Lab since 2012, led the firm's cybercrime investigation that ultimately led to the 2016 arrests of 50 members of the so-called Lurk cybercrime gang that stole more than $45 million from Russian financial institutions. The case was said to be Russia's largest-ever crackdown on financial cybercrime..... http://www.darkreading.com/threat-intelligence/kaspersky-lab-incident-investigations-head-arrested-in-russia-for-treason--/d/d-id/1327979


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