“We get orders from government structures and from private individuals. But we say we are an independent team. It’s just that often it’s impossible to tell who the client is. Sometimes we get information for intermediaries, without knowing who the end client is.”
Russian Hacker “Lewis”– 2015 Interview
Between October and December 2016, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has arrested three members of the Anonymous International/Shaltay-Boltay: Vladimir Anikeev –the leader and founder of the group — as well as two of his alleged accomplices Aleksandr Filinov and Konstantin Tepljakov. Vladimir Anikeev’s girlfriend Irina Shevchenko is on the FSB “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 – Colonel Sergey Mikhaylov and Major 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 if this story is related to the “hack” of the 2016 US Presidential election.
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.
THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED ON 05/02/2017: WHO IS Shaltay-Boltay? Vladimir Anikeev (‘Lewis’). UPDATE (05/02/2017) Anikeev pleads guilty to unauthorized access to computer information.
Profile of Vladimir Anikeev (‘Lewis’)
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).
ARREST — In October 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.
The 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. [Crime RUSSIA]
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.
CAVEAT — In the past, Anikeev has described himself as a journalist who worked in St. Petersburg during the 90s. There is a problem. So far, nobody in the St. Petersburg media world seems to remember him… In fact, even his name could be some kind of a “hacker joke”. “Anikeev” sounds a lot like “Any-Key-ev” (AnyKeyer).
Vladimir Anikeev (‘Lewis’) — Crime RUSSIA
FSB tracks Shaltay Boltay via Lewis’s phone — Crime RUSSIA
Members of Shaltay-Boltay arrested for hacking of influential businessmen’s correspondence — Crime RUSSIA