Ilya Sachkov, former CEO and co-founder of Group-IB was sentenced to 14 years in a high security prison colony according to the Moscow court announcement.

As per the announcement from the Moscow court, Ilya Sachkov, the former CEO and co-founder of Group-IB, has been sentenced to 14 years in a high-security prison colony.

Sachkov listened to the verdict from a glass cage in the courtroom and nervously reacted as the sentence was announced by Judge Alexander Rybak. 

Prior to that, his brother Dmitriy in comment to the media mentioned a possible attempt to poison Sachkov which caused severe health issues, but that hasn’t been confirmed independently and remains foggy.

Before his arrest, Sachkov pointed the finger at one of Russia’s top Federal Security Service (FSB) officers, Oleg Kashentsev, accusing him of orchestrating his prosecution.

Later, he changed his story to be the complete opposite, and accused unnamed American Intelligence Agencies of his arrest, as cited by “The Record” and mentioned the same in his official Telegram account.

Both statements seem to be extremely conflicting – the editorial team at Security Affairs was not able to validate them independently.

Group-IB’s ex-head of network security Nikita Kislitsin has been detained in Kazakhstan and has been accused of computer crimes based on the red notice issued via INTERPOL by law enforcement. 

In a statement provided to SecurityAffairs, Group-IB said Mr. Kislitsin ceased to be employed.

Security Affairs addressed questions to relevant law enforcement officials requesting comments and will be updating the story.

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Pierluigi Paganini

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Pierluigi Paganini: Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer. Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US. Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines. Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.

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