Thursday, January 26 2017 19:36 EET
Russian intel officer, cybersecurity investigator arrested for possible treason
Russia, intelligence officer, cybersecurity, investigator, arrested, treason,​ Kaspersky Lab's, Stoyanov, Mikhailov, FSB

A top manager for Russia's largest cybersecurity firm and a senior Russian intelligence officer have been arrested on possible treason charges, reported by Unian.

Kaspersky Lab's confirmed the arrest of Ruslan Stoyanov, head of its computer incidents investigation unit. Stoyanov's Linkedin profile says he worked for the Moscow Cyber Crime unit of the Russian Interior Ministry for six years beginning in 2000.

Also arrested was Sergei Mikhailov, described as a senior intelligence officer with the FSB Federal Security Service, the newspaper reported. Mikhailov is also active in public organizations, particularly the Information Security cluster of the Russian Association of Electronic Communications, according to Kommersant. While U.S. intelligence agencies have accused Russia of meddling in the U.S. presidential election through hacking to help Donald Trump win the presidency, Russia has rejected such claims.

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

Earlier US introduced new sanctions on Russia over 'significant malicious cyber-enabled activities'.

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