Russian student detained for hacking antitrust regulator twitter
MOSCOW, January 20 (RAPSI) – Russian police have detained a 20-year old journalism student in Moscow on suspicion of having hacked into the Federal Antimonopoly Service’s official twitter account.
The police reported on Monday that the young journalism student was working for the agency’s IT department, and served as the administrator of its official social network accounts. The student was constantly reprimanded for unacceptable work ethic, for which he was eventually fired, according to a police statement.
After gaining access to the account, the suspect made some “anti-constitutional” and “antisocial“ posts, and blocked the account.
Illegal blocking, copying or changing of computer data for material gain or causing “large-scale damage” – exceeding 1 million rubles (approximately $31,000) – carries a punishment of six months in jail in Russia.
In October 2013, The Russian government submitted amendments to lawmakers that would give the country’s Federal Security Service (FSB) the authority to investigate and fight hacker attacks.
In summer 2013, it was reported that the antitrust agency’s twitter was hacked twice over the course of one week. The agency’s press service attributed the attacks to the art group Voina, which is known for their controversial anti-government performances.
Voina has carried out a string of politically-charged and controversial public stunts, pranks, and other such forms of “performance art,” including staging an orgy inside the Moscow Biological Museum, and attempting to release thousands of giant cockroaches inside a Moscow courthouse.
The suspect’s relation to the Voina art group is currently unknown. He was released with certain restrictions.