cyber-security specialist in Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has been
arrested on charges of treason, the Kommersant newspaper reported Wednesday.
Mikhailov, deputy chief at the FSB's Information Security Center (CDC), stands
accused of receiving money from “foreign organizations,” Kommersant reported,
citing unnamed FSB sources.
been detained in pre-trial detention since December 2016, alongside Ruslan
Stoyanov, the head of cyber-crime investigations at Russia's Kaspersky Labs.
worked for the Moscow police force until 2006, allegedly acted as a go-between
for Mikhailov and other groups.
confirmed Stoyanov's arrest, maintaining that any charges were against Stoyanov
“as a private citizen” and that the investigation was not related to the
nor Mikhailov has been active online since early December, Kommersant reported,
while Mikhailov's friends also confirmed that they have been unable to reach
him by phone.
media reported on Jan. 13 that CDC chief Andrei Gerasimov could be forced to
leave his post due to an investigation being carried out against one of his
deputies. Unnamed sources told Kommersant that a private computer security company
was also involved in the case.