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Leader of Russian computer hacker group gets two years in prison

Leader of Russian computer hacker group gets two years in prison

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Vladimir Anikeev, the leader of a Russian computer hacker group, has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Anikeev was convicted because he, without permission, access was gained to information on computer systems, reports the BBC Thursday. The group named Shaltai Boltai, or Humpty Dumpty, did the Twitter account of Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev to hack.

Further founded Shaltai Boltai on the e-mail accounts of key persons in the Kremlin. The group published information that was found in the accounts of government employees, the ministry of Defence and businessmen.

Anikeev said during the trial that he the freedom of information and the internet defended. Further denied the hacker, who is a former journalist that his group’s political motives and that he has connections with the intelligence service FSB.

The defense of Anikeev is not in appeal, but pleads for an early release. He already has a few months.

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