Source in treason investigation says Russian Federal Security Service agents turned over hacker secrets to CIA for cold, hard cash
The treason case against a handful of former Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) agents was launched after the suspects passed several names and other information about Russian hackers to the CIA, an unnamed source reportedly close to the FSB told the TV station Dozhd. Ivan Pavlov, the lawyer for one of the treason suspects, has denied these allegations.
As director of the FSB’s Center for Information Security, Sergey Mikhailov — now a defendant in the treason case — investigated Russian cybercrimes and collected information about hackers. According to Dozhd’s source, Mikhailov and his accomplices sold some of this information to the U.S. government, allegedly leading to the apprehension of several Russian hackers abroad. The anonymous source claims that it was Mikhailov’s leak that allowed American officials to capture Roman Seleznev, known by the hacker handle “Track2,” in Maldives in 2014. In April 2017, Seleznev was sentenced to 27 years in prison on 38 different criminal convictions.
In February 2017, the news agency Rosbalt reported that the FSB agents in custody are accused of providing the CIA with information about “counterintelligence activities and specific names.” The data was reportedly taken from a special protected computer server.
The FSB has not officially disclosed the substance of its charges against the former agents.