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Member of Shaltay-Boltay hacking group: We’ve been cooperating with the FSB for 4 years

Konstantin Teplyakov from Shaltay-Boltay (“Humpty Dumpty” in Russian translation) hacking group skipped out on parole and stated in an interview with RBC that his team of hackers had been working directly under the Federal Security Service (FSB) for several years.

According to Tepltyakov, Shaltay-Boltay’s leader Vladimir Anikeyev “has been actively cooperationg with the FSB since August 2015” and “used to attend counseling in Moscow and St.Petersburg on a regular basis”.

“Anikeev bore the risk associated with communication with the outside world, the authorities and special services – that was part of his job. He used to bring instructions about our further work, like, now we are to set this in motion, now we are to cease working on that. These were verbal recommendations,” – the ex-hacker revealed.

As claimed by Teplyakov, almost everybody in Shaltay-Boltay group knew that all the orders were coming from above. Teplyakov himself was not sure, whether the group had been directed by the FSB or some other agency.

The hacker believes that the leader of the group could have been staying in close contact with the Information Security Center under the FSB, more exactly with those officers who were arrested on charges of acting against national security back in 2016.

Teplyakov believes that the criminal proceedings against Shaltay Boltay was resulting from an internal conflict between certain groups of influencers within the FSB.

Shaltay-Boltay hacking group, also known as Anonymous International, gained notoriety several years ago after having compromised the accounts of a number of high-ranking officials, major companies and media outlets. The hackers then started selling the stolen data in the global Internet.

In 2017, the leader of Shaltay-Boltay Vladimir Anikeyev was sentenced to two years in a standard regime penal colony. He was released in August 2018, however, in consideration of the time already spent in detention.

In October 2018, Lefortovo Court in Moscow has issued an arrest warrant for the co-founder of Shaltay-Boltay Alexander Glazastikov, accusing him of unauthorized access to classified information and attempted illegal sale thereof.