Authorities in Russia have arrested the Chief Executive of a leading cybersecurity firm Group-IB on suspicion of state treason. Ilya Sachkov, 35, was arrested on Tuesday, the RTVI TV channel reported. Law enforcement officers have also carried out searches at the Moscow offices of the firm.
State news agency TASS cited an unnamed source as saying Sachkov was accused of working with unspecified foreign intelligence services and treason for hurting Russia’s national interests. However, Sachkov has denied the allegations.
Moscow’s Lefortovo district court said it had ordered Sachkov to be held in custody for two months, Reuters reported. Russia punishes state treason by up to 20 years in jail.
Group IB’s statement
Although the firm did not comment on the charges, it maintained that the customer data was safe and its operations were uninterrupted. Co-founder Dmitry Volkov will assume the leadership of the company.
What does Group-IB do?
The firm is a threat hunting and cyber intelligence company. It investigates hi-tech cybercrimes and partners with INTERPOL, Europol, energy companies, and telecom firms. Based on its threat hunting and intelligence, it provides products that firms like Gartner, Forrester, IDC, etc. rate very highly.
Group-IB had suggested in June that hackers sponsored by the Chinese government hacked Air India.