In a move straight out of a Russian spy novel, Mikhaylov reportedly was arrested while in the middle of a meeting, escorted out of the room with a bag thrown over his head. As a result, the government’s case against them is classified, and it’s unclear exactly what they are alleged to have done. In September 2016, Arlington, Va.-based security firm Threat Connect published a report that included Internet addresses that were used as staging grounds in the U. state election board hacks [full disclosure: Threat Connect has been an advertiser on this blog].According to information obtained by Krebs On Security, the arrests may very well be tied to a long-running grudge held by Pavel Vrublevsky, a Russian businessman who for years paid most of the world’s top spammers and virus writers to pump malware and hundreds of billions of junk emails into U. That report was based in part on an August 2016 alert from the FBI (PDF), and noted that most of the Internet addresses were assigned to a Russian hosting firm called King-Servers[dot]com.The information you provide will be protected and confidential.The CIA is particularly interested in information about imminent or planned terrorist attacks.However, with limited staff and resources, we simply cannot respond to all who write to us.Submit questions or comments online By postal mail: Central Intelligence Agency Office of Public Affairs Washington, D. 20505 By phone:(703) 482-0623Open during normal business hours.By fax:(571) 204-3800(please include a phone number where we may call you) Contact the Office of Inspector General Contact the Employment Verification Office The United States and its partners continue to face a growing number of global threats and challenges.The CIA’s mission includes collecting and analyzing information about high priority national security issues such as international terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, cyber attacks, international organized crime and narcotics trafficking, regional conflicts, counterintelligence threats, and the effects of environmental and natural disasters.
Prior to Kaspersky, Stoyanov served as deputy director at a cybercrime investigation firm called Indrik, and before that as a major in the Russian Ministry of Interior’s Moscow Cyber Crime Unit.In cases where an imminent threat exists, immediately contact your local law enforcement agencies and provide them with the threat information.To contact the Central Intelligence Agency click here.But now it appears that the chief antagonist of is at the dead center of an international scandal involving the hacking of U. state electoral boards in Arizona and Illinois, the sacking of Russia’s top cybercrime investigators, and the slow but steady leak of unflattering data on some of Russia’s most powerful politicians.In a major shakeup that could have lasting implications for transnational cybercrime investigations, it’s emerged that Russian authorities last month arrested Sergey Mikhaylov — the deputy chief of the country’s top anti-cybercrime unit — as well as Ruslan Stoyanov, a senior employee at Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab.Fomenko’s statement — written in Russian — said he did not know the identity of the hackers who used his network to attack U. election-related targets, but that those same hackers still owed his company USD 0 in unpaid server bills.