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Early Release Denied For Leader Of Russian Hackers Group

January 15, 2018

A court in Moscow has refused to grant early release to the leader of a group believed to be behind the hacking of high-profile Internet accounts, including the Twitter account of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

The Lefortovo District Court on January 12 rejected a motion for the release on parole for Vladimir Anikeyev, the leader of Shaltai-Boltai -- Russian for Humpty Dumpty. The hearing was held behind closed doors as some materials in the case are classified.

Anikeyev was handed a two-year prison sentence in July after striking a plea bargain and agreeing to cooperate with the authorities.

Two other group members, Aleksander Filinov and Konstantin Teplyakov, were sentenced to three years in prison each in September.

The 2016 arrests of the Shaltai-Boltai suspects became known only after Russian media reported that two officials of the Federal Security Service (FSB) cybercrime unit had been arrested on treason charges.

Russian media reports suggested the officials had connections to the hacker group or had tried to control it.
Vietnamese Businessman Arrested in Singapore

January 02, 2018

A Vietnamese property developer charged with disclosing state secrets has been arrested in Singapore.

A lawyer for Phan Van Anh Vu says his client was detained last Thursday in the city-state as he tried to cross the border into Malaysia.

The lawyer said the family of the 42-year-old Vu "is concerned there is an imminent risk" he will be repatriated to Vietnam, where he faces the possibility of the death penalty if he is convicted. Choo says his client has applied for asylum in a European country, but would not reveal which one.

Another of Vu's attorneys, told Reuters his client has applied for entry into Germany.

The 42-year-old Vu is one of many Vietnamese officials and business figures who have been swept up in massive anti-corruption crackdown by the government.

Among those arrested was Trinh Xuan Thanh, an executive of the state-owned energy company PetroVietnam, who was seized by Vietnamese security agents last July from Berlin's Tiergarten park a day before he was due to appear for a hearing on his request for political asylum in Germany.

The incident angered Berlin, which called it an "unprecedented and blatant violation" of German and international law.

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