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The hacker jailed for targeting Russian officials fails to get out on early parole

A court in Moscow has refused to grant parole to Vladimir Anikeyev, who was convicted of leading the hacker group “Anonymous International.” Last summer, he was sentenced to two years in prison for illegally accessing private information. Anikeyev, who was first detained in 2016, did not appeal the ruling.

According to investigators, Anikeyev’s hacker group stole private data from state officials and Kremlin-connected businesspeople and sold the information to the highest bidders. Another two suspected members of the group, Alexander Filinov and Konstantin Teplyakov, were sentenced to three years in prison.