MOSCOW, September 6 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court has sentenced members of hacking group Shaltai-Boltai, or Humpty Dumpty, Alexander Filinov and Konstantin Teplyakov to three years in a penal colony each, RAPSI correspondent reports from the courtroom on Wednesday.

Earlier, prosecutor asked the court to sentence the defendants to 2.5 and 3 years in penal colony settlement. Filinov’s lawyer Natalya Zemskova believes that penal colony is a disproportionate punishment for such a case and may be appealed.

Both defendants were charged with getting illegal access to computer information in collusion or within an organized group. Although Teplyakov has pleaded guilty, Filinov denied his involvement in the crime.

Earlier, the Moscow City Court sentenced Vladimir Anikeyev, the leader of Shaltai-Boltai, to 2 years in prison, although prosecution sought 2.5 years behind bars for him. Anikeyev has pleaded guilty to the charges.

Anikeyev was found guilty of getting illegal access to computer information in collusion.

According to investigators, from 2013 to 2016, Anikeyev and his accomplices hacked computers, cellphones and tablet computers of Russian citizens and stole their data. In some cases, they offered the stolen information for sale on the Internet.