Russian ‘Humpty Dumpty’ hacker Anikeev jailed for two years

Vladimir Anikeev smiles at the camera on the top of a building overlooking Marina Bay in Singapore

The leader of a Russian hacking group that targeted the emails of high-profile Kremlin figures has been given two years in prison by a Moscow court.

Vladimir Anikeev’s group “Shaltai Boltai” (Humpty Dumpty) was notorious for hacks including the Twitter account of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

He was tried amid tight secrecy and convicted of unauthorised access to computer information.

Anikeev argued he was defending freedom of information and the internet.

A former journalist, he denied that Humpty Dumpty was political or had links to the FSB security service. Two other men have also been accused in the case, Alexander Filinov and Konstantin Teplyakov.

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