Cyberexpert of the Russian secret service arrested for treason

Cyberexpert of the Russian secret service arrested for treason

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The authorities in Russia have a high-ranking cyberexpert of the Russian security service FSB detained in Moscow. He could have adopted from foreign organizations and is accused of treason.

Also Ruslan Stojanov, head of the research department of cyberveiligheidsbedrijf Kaspersky Lab in Russia, in Moscow were arrested and accused of treason.

The two are already since december jam, writes the Russian newspaper Kommersant on Wednesday on the basis of sources in the FSB.

Kaspersky Lab has confirmed that Stojanov is stuck. The company emphasizes that his arrest has nothing to do with his work at Kaspersky and that it does not affect the work of the department. Stojanov worked until 2006 for the police and would have acted as a contact person for Michailov.


Michailov is the deputy head of the Information Security Center of the FSB. The secret service has to know not to make statements about the case and confirm or deny the arrest.

Anonymous sources in the circle around Michailov say since the beginning of december nothing more of him heard to have. According to an old friend determines Michailov “informal policy in the area of cyber-security and e-commerce” in Russia.


Kaspersky Lab has in 2013 worked with the FSB and the ministry of the Interior for the detection of cyber crime and support criminal about cyber security.

Stojanov is known as someone who knew how informal contacts could be maintained. When he at Kaspersky went to work, he would devote himself to a more formal relationship with the authorities, according to sources.

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