Hacker, who has been in the pretrial detention center for the fifth year, made a statement to the head of the Investigative Committee of Russia. He insists that his case was fabricated with the participation of a Kaspersky Lab convicted of high treason along with FSB officers.
Russian hacker Dmitry Popelysh, accused of stealing money from the accounts of Sberbank and VTB together with his twin brother Eugene, said that he sent a complaint to the head of the Russian Investigative Committee. According to the hacker, the criminal case against him and his twin brother was fabricated.
The hacker said that ex-employee of Kaspersky Lab Stoyanov blackmailed and threatened him. Later, he demanded that brothers Popelysh provide technical support to some servers.
It is reported that mentions of an unknown employee who forced the hackers to commit hacks is in the surrender of Popelysh for 2015. However, this information was not verified by the investigation.
Previously, Stoyanov was the head of the computer incident investigation Department at Kaspersky Lab. He also participated in the examination of case of Popelysh.
The representative of Kaspersky Lab told that the company is not aware of Dmitry Popelysh’s appeal to the Investigative Committee.
Recall that in 2012 the brothers Popelysh were convicted of embezzlement of 13 million rubles from customers of banks. In 2015, they were again detained and accused of creating and actively using malware. According to the case, the men stole about 12.5 million rubles ($195,000) in two years. In the summer of 2018, they were sentenced to eight years. In 2019, the sentence was canceled in connection with “violations committed during the preliminary investigation.” In total, they have been detained for four years and four months.
It is interesting to note that Dmitry Popelysh is already the second Russian hacker who publicly stated that experts investigating his criminal case forced him to commit hacks. Konstantin Kozlovsky, who has been in a pretrial detention center since May 2016 on charges of organizing a hacker group Lurk, claimed that he was recruited by FSB in 2008 and done various cyber attacks for a long time. He also mentioned that his supervisor was FSB major Dmitry Dokuchaev.