Posts Tagged ‘Russian cybercrime’

Sergei Maximov 41, stood trial this past Wednesday on June, 24 in Germany accused of leaking several confidential emails.

Notable politicians Alexei Navalny and Valeria Novodvorskaya had large amounts of personal data stolen, leaked and deleted. Both are known to oppose the regime of current Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Navalny claims Maximov shares ties with Russian law enforcement and was able to gain access to his e-mail, Twitter and LiveJournal accounts after having his home invaded by police who seized his laptop back in 2009.

The politician stresses foul play as the ‘Hell’ hacker appears in interviews with Russian state supporters. He assembled a team to collect evidence against Maximov, leading to a full investigation by German authorities.

His team found ‘Hell’s’ blog contained explicit material which made him feel “disgust”.

Russian Politicians Alexei Navalny pictured left, and Valeria Novodvorskaya

Pictured (left) Alexei Navalny and Valeria Novodvorskaya

Evidence incriminated Maximov as thousands of e-mails from hacked accounts were found on his computer with lists of various IP addresses, documents signed “Hell” and other clues.

Appealing to the court, Maximov insists there has been a case of mistaken identity as he uses similar online credentials as the real hacker coincidently also calling himself ‘Hell’.

He moved from Russia to be closer to his family and claims the ‘real’ hacker sent him materials to defend himself in the trail.

Maximov lives alone in Bonn, Germany. He was previously unemployed due to his supervisor catching him watching porn.

Deutsche Well, a broadcasting service reported Maximov could be facing up to four years.

Russia’s Federal Migration Service denied Navalny his right to attend the trial in Germany due to outstanding embezzlement charges.


Despite the increase in online fraud, enforcement of the law is a mess since the dissolution of the specialist agency set up to fight it, says Pete Warren

Been the victim of online fraud? Until recently you would have reported it to the police, but now the onus on investigating such crimes lies not with the boys in blue but with the banking industry. Without a hint of irony on April 1, the Association of Chief Police Officers announced that it would no longer be responsible for investigating e-crime. That move marked the final straw for some.

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