Ukrainian hackers leak emails of Russian Politician

Ukrainian hackers expose emails allegedly belonging to the Russian parliament deputy chief.

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Ukrainian hacking group Cyber Resistance, who declares to work with Ukrainian law enforcement agencies, has claimed to have exposed emails allegedly belonging to Alexander Babakov, a deputy chairman of Russia’s parliament. These emails allegedly provide evidence of his involvement in money laundering and schemes to evade sanctions. Cyber Resistance leaked 11 GB of emails of Babakov, including scans of his passport, tax and financial documents and his medical records.

Prior to the email leak, the hackers shared the information with the international volunteer community InformNapalm for analysis. InformNapalm’s investigations alledge that Babakov exploited government connections to engage in money laundering, including accepting bribes to approve illegal construction on protected areas such as a nature reserve and a national park.

The leaked documents indicate that since the beginning of the Ukraine-Russia war, Babakov has expanded cooperation with African and Asian countries “in order to minimize Western sanctions” .

Ukrainian hackers and their allies have been targeting Russian state agencies such as the Central Bank of Russia and the media monitoring agency Roskomnadzor, revealing data breaches on a regular basis.

Illia Vitiuk, head of cybersecurity at the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has 1shared that Ukrainian hackers are getting into Russian systems to find out more of Russia’s targets, troop movements, and strategies to circumvent Western sanctions.