On Tuesday, the Russian Military Court sentenced two leading cyber security experts to lengthy sentences, Russian information agencies said. Sergei Mikhailov, a former officer of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the Russian intelligence service, received 22 years in prison, while Ruslana Stoyanova, a former employee of the Kaspersky Lab, was sentenced to 14 years old
years of experience in combating cybercrime, and Mikhailov was one of the few FSB officers who had the privilege to travel abroad and interacted with their western counterparts at events and conferences.
CNN commented on the verdict on Tuesday, Pavlov called the sentence "the hardest betrayal in contemporary Russian history."
Lawyer Stoyanova Inga Lebedeva said that she will appeal: "Guys think that their activities against hackers, they attacked someone's fingers", ̵
Russian and international media have speculated for a long time that the secret of the process, the terms of arrest, and the sensitive work of Mikhailova and Stoyanov, indicated that two cyber experts helped the United States investigate the invasion of the servers of the Democratic National Committee, and in the United States
The case against Mikhailova and Stoyanov was launched only a month after President Trump's victory in the US presidential election. Shortly after the arrest, the Obama administration imposed sanctions on the FSB and Russian military intelligence, the GRU, as well as the four highest officials. Special Advisor Robert Muller subsequently accused 12 Russian agents of being arranged to intervene in the elections.
Andrei Soldatov, an expert on Russian cyber security and intelligence, believes that Mikhailov's and Stoyanov's arrest was a reaction to the outrage in the United States over Russian electoral interventions. Mikhailov, in his words, was the highest FSB officer responsible for maintaining contacts with Western security agencies in the field of cyber security, and Stoyanov, in turn, was the first contact person in the Russian private cyber sector with the West
Source, familiar with the investigation, told CNN that official allegations revolve around the 2010 incident in Chronopay's online payment company investigation. rival, an invasion, which within a few days removed the system of online payments of the national airline of Russia Aeroflot. Mikhailov was a witness-expert in the case, which led to the conviction of Vrublevsky.
Vrublevsky told CNN that in 2010 he had prepared a report for the Russian authorities, arguing that Mikhailov was involved in the flow of confidential information about the United States about his company and other Russian media reported that Mikhailov and other participants were accused of transmitting confidential information about the methods of investigation of the FSB in the detection of hackers to American services. The source familiar with the case also confirmed the statement that the FSB officers allegedly provided CD-ROMs with the data to Stoyanov allegedly passed them to the American agency through Kimberly Tsents, a former cyber security expert for Verisign.
Vrublevsky told CNN that he testified in the case and confirmed the "essence of the accusations" . He then added: "I think it is good for both countries [Russia and US]. These people are directly responsible for the cyber hysteria that ultimately goes to the election scandal: I am very happy that it's over"
. Stoyanov met at a security conference in Canada, but denied the character of Vrublevsky, telling CNN that he had never had any contact with other defendants in the case.
"It never happened," she said. "I have never been an agent of any government organization … It makes little sense for the FSB agent to try to exchange information with the US agency, putting on the CD the secrets (which were no longer used until 2010) and give it
Zenz added: "I believe that the old theory of Vrublevsky's conspiracy has been resurrected for so many years because it comfortably targets US desires and spying allegations."
Kaspersky Lab The Laboratory earlier stated that Stoyanov, who joined the company in 2012, "was under investigation during the period that preceded the attention to his employment. "