Alleged Kremlin Insider May Have Possible Info on 2016 Hack

Vladislav Klyushin, a Russian national accused of multiple cybercrimes and who was recently placed under US custody reportedly has insider information on the  Russian campaign to hack Democratic Party servers during the 2016 U.S. election.

According to Bloomberg’s source, Russian intelligence claimed that Klyushin, 41, has access to documents relating to the DNC server hack in 2016 conducted by Russian state hacking group Fancy Bear.

There is no confirmation yet if Klyushin has knowledge of the hack and could only be known if he chooses to cooperate with US authorities for leniency.

Switzerland extradited Klyushin to the United States last December 20, 2021, for hacking into the computer networks of large U.S. companies to obtain data that gave him leverage in stock trading. 

“As alleged, Klyushin and his co-defendants used various illegal and malicious means to gain access to computer networks to perpetrate their illegal trading scheme,” said Albert Murray III, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office Criminal and Cyber Division

Klyushin was deputy director of Moscow-based information technology company M-13 which had Russian presidential administrations and federal ministries as clients. 

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