Head Of Investigations At Russia's Biggest Cybersecurity Firm Arrested For Treason

Tyler Durden's picture

In what may be the latest fallout from the cold cyberwar taking place between the US and Russia, the head of the investigation unit, and one of the most important cybercrime experts at Kaspersky Lab, Russia's biggest cybersecurity firm, was been arrested on charges of treason. Stoyanov was involved in every big anti-cybercrime operation in Russia in past years, including the one against the components of the Lurk cybercrime gang.

Kaspersky Lab confirmed to AP reports in Russia's Kommersant newspaper that Ruslan Stoyanov, head of its computer incidents investigations unit, was arrested in December.

Ruslan Stoyanov

According to the “Kommersant” the arrest may be linked to the investigation on into Sergei Mikhailov, deputy head of the information security department of the FSB, Russia national security service. Stoyanov and Mikhailov were both arrested in December, according to the Kommersant the investigation was exploring the receipt of money from foreign companies by Stoyanov and his links to Mikhailov. Mikhailov is also facing treason charges alongside Stoyanov.

Kaspersky spokeswoman Maria Shirokova, said in a statement that Stoyanov's arrest "has nothing to do with Kaspersky Lab and its operations."

She said the company has no details of the charges Stoyanov faces, but added that the investigation dates back to the time before Stoyanov was hired by Kaspersky.

According to Forbes, the arrest may be a matter of national security:  "A Russia-based information security source told FORBES the details of the case were likely to remain private. The case has been filed under article 275 of Russia’s criminal code, the source said, meaning it should result in a secret military tribunal. Article 275 allows the government to prosecute when an individual provides assistance to a foreign state or organization regarding “hostile activities to the detriment of the external security of the Russian Federation” (translation from source). According to the source, this can be applied broadly. For instance, furnishing the FBI with information on a botnet may amount to treason."

Before Stoyanov joined Kaspersky in 2012, he served six years as a major in the Ministry of Interior’s cybercrime unit between 2000 and 2006, then he moved into the private sector. While Ruslan Stoyanov was working for the Russian government, he was the lead investigator into a hacker crew that extorted $4 million to U.K. betting shops under the DDoS threat.

U.S. intelligence agencies have accused Russia of meddling in the U.S. presidential election through hacking, to help Donald Trump win the vote, claims that Russia has rejected. U.S. and EU officials also have accused Russia of hacking other Western institutions and voiced concern that Russia may try to influence this year's elections in Germany, France and the Netherlands. It wasn't immediately clear if the arrests are somehow linked to these allegations.

The FSB's press office did not comment on the arrest.

Meanwhile Andrei Soldatov, who has studied the internet and Russian security services for more than a decade, called the arrest of the Kaspersky manager "unprecedented."

"It destroys a system that has been 20 years in the making, the system of relations between intelligence agencies and companies like Kaspersky," he told The Associated Press. "Intelligence agencies used to ask for Kaspersky's advice, and this is how informal ties were built. This romance is clearly over."

While Kaspersky has published research damaging to Russian hacking operations, Eugene Kaspersky is known to have held a friendly relationship with the Russian government.  The company has a strong international presence, including antivirus research facilities inside the United States.

It remains unclear if today's arrest has any connection to the "Russian election hacking" scandal that brought US-Russian relations to a halt in the last days of the Obama administration.

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wildbad's picture

pretty fucking funny. just watched them shill for the CIA in a video go figure

Crash Overide's picture

Wait... Russia hacked Russia?

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Probably they are just trying to bring the guy under arrest into the fold?

"You verk for us now"

froze25's picture

Treason? wow I thought that was encouraged these days? Seems to be here in the US.

Pumpkin's picture

Encouraged?  Ha! It's required.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

CiA moles in the Eastern Europe started to get dumped. In Romania the general ranked operations officer of the Inteligence services was removed just few days ago after it was revealed his implication in corruption and fabricating false evidence so that non conforming with the CiA directions politicians and businessmans could be destroyed and put in jail. Google for 'general Coldea'


Yog Soggoth's picture

I am thinking a Social Democrat over there is something akin to a Conservative Democrat. Almost a dead breed here. I like his jist. The Romanians have known about the Khazars from the time they traveled through the Western Steppes. Some of them even assumed the identity of gypsies to escape their escape from prosecution, but taking anothers identity is a time honered specialty with these scum.

Madison's_Ghost's picture

My guess is a Russian got caught hacking/spying/taking money from, the U.S.  The timing and tone of such an event would be classic Putin - "Oh, you are saber-rattling because you think we are meddling in your affairs....what do you call this...(tada!)?"

MoneyMonkey's picture

Great, now Trump is going to be president of Russia too!

Jubal Early's picture

It looks like this may be the real reason behind the "putin hacked the elections" democrat hissyfit.  Putin figured out these Kaspersky guys were double crossing Russia.  The majority of its employees are likely ashkenazi-neanderthal jews anyway.

Or perhaps these guys are the brains behind that Italian freemason who had keystroke loggers on all the high level Italian freemasons and all the cardinals (boy butt fuckers) in the catholic church...

wildbad's picture

i think the "russia hacked the elections" canard is just a CNN DNC invention period.

as long as we are still talking about it they are still setting the agenda.

we have to take the Harry Potter method of "whose name is not mentioned" when referring to the ex media and its acolytes

fockewulf190's picture

I think it is more likely to be the direct result of another "Aldrich Ames" mole working at the CIA, or worse, the NSA.  When you start seeing arrest stories like this one in the press, especially for treason, it´s damn near guarenteed that sources and methods have been compromised.  Someone is living a lifestyle, within the intel community, that is well above their paygrade.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Again with the sodomite connection. Wait, more will come.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


It looks like this may be the real reason behind the "putin hacked the elections" democrat hissyfit.

It's certainly a possibility. The CIA isn't likely very happy to have two of its moles exposed to the light of day.

Putin figured out these Kaspersky guys were double crossing Russia.

Reread the article, as you've clearly missed some key points. First, only one of the guys arrested was employed by Kaspersky. Mikhailov was in the FSB. Second, the investigation of Stoyanov dates back to the time before he was employed by Kaspersky. Third, Stoyanov was head of Kaspersky's computer incidents investigations unit, so he was not involved in the malware research and antivirus side of the company.

The majority of its employees are likely ashkenazi-neanderthal jews anyway.

In a fierce battle with insanity, you obviously lost again...

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"The majority of its employees are likely ashkenazi-neanderthal jews anyway.

In a fierce battle with insanity, you obviously lost again"...

Per your usual Shemp. Well done sir in your critique!!!

Yog Soggoth's picture

The Molocks, who lived underground, left food and clothes for the Eloi, only to fatten them up and eat them. Jules Verne warned us.

Volaille de Bresse's picture

"Putin figured out these Kaspersky guys were double crossing Russia"


And didn't he wait for the right time to get them arrested?

Timing is almost as essential as the action itself. That's sth Obozo never managed to understand.


Now... imagine a public trial where the moles will spill the beans "yes we acted on orders from the CIA..." FIREWORKS in the Kremlin sky! (lol)


Sometimes I think Putin secretly laments the fact that... he has no opponent who matches his size. Obama was a silver-tongued despicable TV personality and nothing else.

ReZn8r's picture

I' hoping the same thing happens to the see-aye-a. Treason has a nice ring to it.

Yog Soggoth's picture

I know personally that there are good guys in there, same as any group. Don't spout right now.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

I think you've hit all the random guesses on "Who Done It and Why."

It's called the Shitgun [sic] Theory of Conspiracies. If you eject enough, something is bound to stick.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Maybe he just hit a nerve that caused pain to someone watching. So how many parts did he shotgun to fix that engine? What particular word did he say, or what sentence? I say it's the buggerers. Not sure if that is a word, but I am standing behind it even if it sounds gay to me as I am typing it.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Down votes are from the sodomites. Sprinkle them with lead and they go away.

BritBob's picture

Russia is a member of the UN C24 decolonisation committee and supports Argentina's mythical Malvinas' claim. So much for the human and democratic rights of the Falkland Islanders and so much for that so-called sovereignty claim: Falklands – 1833 Usurpation & UN Resolutions:



Ruskies can't be trusted.

Sandmann's picture

True. Gibraltar belongs to the Barbary macaques. Are you one ?

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

BritBob, how about you try to reclaim the City of London square mile before you start trying to reclaim  colonies?

ThanksChump's picture

That's racist. Those macaques have protected status so comparing them to this DNC/RINO shill is hate crime.

yrad's picture

For the hundereth time.. Go to the damn island and plant a fucking flag already. Why do you keep posting this????

BarkingCat's picture

I think he would rather someone plant that flag up his ass.

He probably would fancy a young boy to do it.

Boubou's picture

Right!   Why doesn't Argentina lay claim to the Isle of Wight and send a fleet.

Dugald's picture
They couldn't organise a piss up in a Brewery...
sinbad2's picture

Mad dogs and Englishmen.

Volkodav's picture

Brits can't be trusted

Most terrible history

Opium War, Boers and other extensive list 

give always place to run for certain criminal class run from Russia

Berezovsky, etc  list is long

better worry about your internal problems


Raffie's picture

Russian person arrested in Russia for treason.


Wang Dang SP's picture

He'll be lucky if he only ends up in Siberia.  

Syrin's picture

At least some nations still arrest traitors for treason.  Hillarnazi, the Fuhrer, Pelosi, Reid, McStain, Paul Ryan, etc. should all be in shackles for the same

Bastiat's picture

I'd like to see some US domestic high level prosecutions for funding terrorists. 

taketheredpill's picture




Maybe he was sending code to the NSA so they can fine tune their malware?

HowdyDoody's picture

Now we know why the Russian military recently announced it was building its own separate internet.

SilverRhino's picture

That would be intranet unless they are changing routing and network protocols.  

RINA / IPS/SPX / something else 

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Well, if you want to get 'technical', HAL-1000, they could call it their Interwebs.


John Kerry-Heinz's picture

luv to see what he's got on Obozo and his tranny boyfriend.

ShorTed's picture

I haven't been paying attention, are you talking about Chewbacca?

ThirdWorldDude's picture

Meanwhile, all you can hear from the "democratric western world" regarding prosecution of de facto criminals is the silence of the crickets...