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Former Kaspersky Lab Expert Sentenced in Russia for Treason

Ruslan Stoyanov gets 14 years in Russian prison.

The former head of Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab's computer incidents investigation unit was sentenced today in Moscow's District Military Court for treason.

Ruslan Stoyanov, who had been with Kaspersky Lab since 2012, was arrested in December 2016 along with Sergei Mikhailov, deputy head of the information security department of Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB, and another officer of the FSB for alleged treasonous activities.

Stoyanov received a 14-year prison sentence and a fine, and Mikhailov, a 22-year sentence and a fine, according to an NBC News report today.

Russian media previously had reported that Stoyanov was contacted by Mikhailov to provide FBI cybercrime analysts with information on an investigation into the activities of a Russian businessman, Pavel Vrublevsky. Details of the case have been slim.

While at Kaspersky Lab, Stoyanov led the firm's cybercrime investigation that ultimately led to the 2016 arrests of 50 members of the so-called Lurk cybercrime gang that stole more than $45 million from Russian financial institutions — Russia's largest-ever crackdown on financial cybercrime.

Kaspersky Lab said Stoyanov is not related to the company: "The case against this employee does not involve Kaspersky Lab. Ruslan Stoyanov's trial was held in private and the proceedings were classified; we do not possess any information about the substance of his charges," Kaspersky Lab said in a statement.

Stoyanov previously had served as head of network security for Russian ISP OJSC RTComm.RU, and was with Ministry of Interior's Moscow-based Cybercrime Unit in the early 2000s.

In 2015, Stoyanov authored a report for Kaspersky Lab on the inner workings of Russian financial cybercrime that noted that the risk of prosecution is low for cybercriminals in Russia: "The lack of established mechanisms for international cooperation also plays into the hands of criminals: for example, Kaspersky Lab experts know that the members of some criminal groups permanently reside and work in Russia's neighbors, while the citizens of the neighboring states involved in criminal activity often live and operate in the territory of the Russian Federation," he wrote.

"Kaspersky Lab is doing everything possible to terminate the activity of cybercriminal groups and encourages other companies and law enforcement agencies in all countries to cooperate," he wrote at the time.

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Kelly Jackson Higgins is the Executive Editor of Dark Reading. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio

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2/28/2019 | 3:37:05 AM
Upswing in hacking
Tony Granims a cybersecurity expert with Critical Strategies Group has urged any organisations susceptible to cyber attacks to adequately and proactively deploy solutions that will mitigate such incidences. His predictions for an enormous increase in cyber attacks on U.S. Government agencies and companies in 2019 may just be valid.
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2/27/2019 | 10:25:36 AM
Re: Confirm of Kapersky relationship
Not sure if you saw in the piece, but the reports are that Stoyanov allegedly passed info on Russian cybercriminal activity to the FBI. 
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2/27/2019 | 9:49:36 AM
Confirm of Kapersky relationship
Well here we are - Kapersky is exactly what the government says it is.  Not to be trusted ever.  Glad to see too that Russia hands down severe sentence to criminals, not us - we do just 5 years. 
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