Two Members of Notorious Hacker Group Jailed In Russia
Konstantin Teplyakov and Alexander Filinov who were part of a group called Shaltai-Boltai — Russian for “Humpty Dumpty” and believed to be behind high-profile hacks, including into the Twitter account of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was on wednesday jailed for three years.
A Russian court found them guilty of “gaining unlawful access to computer information” after a closed trial classified as “secret”, the Moscow city court said in a statement.
Among those Shaltai-Boltai were accused of targeting were lead Kremlin propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov and presidential advisor Andrei Belousov.
In 2014 the group claimed credit for breaking into the Twitter account of premier Medvedev and posting messages saying he was quitting the government in shame to become a freelance photographer and criticizing President Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Anikeyev, the group leader was jailed for two years in July after admitting his guilt and agreeing to cooperate with the authorities.
Russian hackers are currently in the spotlight over allegations that Moscow was behind cyberattacks aimed at getting Donald Trump elected as US president last year.