Skip to main content

Alleged ‘Anonymous International’ hacker released on parole

Konstantin Teplyakov, who allegedly participated in the hacker collective Anonymous International (better known in Russia as “Shaltai Boltai” or “Humpty Dumpty”), has been granted parole by a St. Petersburg municipal court. Anonymous International has leaked correspondence from several Russian government officials, including Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, state television pundit Dmitry Kiselyov, and multiple officials in the office of President Vladimir Putin.

Teplyakov was convicted of unauthorized data access in September of 2017 and would have had five months and seven days left on his sentence, Mediazona reports. Teplyakov’s lawyer hinted that the alleged hacker was released because, as a hardworking family man, he received frequent support from prison officials. The prosecutor in Teplyakov’s case resisted the court’s decision to grant him parole.

Vladimir Anikeev, the apparent leader of Anonymous International, made headlines for forming a cybersecurity consultancy after serving a prison sentence for the same felony as Teplyakov. Anikeev was tried in a separate case.