The Moscow Times
October 4, 2006
The Federal Security Service, or FSB, said Tuesday that it had thwarted
an attempt by foreign hackers to steal secret research from a Siberian
The hackers broke into the computer network of a Russian Academy of
Sciences institute in the Novosibirsk region and tried to download
research data worth $100 million, said Igor Akhrimeyev, a spokesman for
the FSB's branch in Novosibirsk.
He said the unidentified institute focused on chemical research, but
would not elaborate, Interfax reported. He also would not say where the
hackers were located, but said China, South Korea and United States had
displayed interest in research done by the institute.
In a separate incident, a Saratov region court on Tuesday convicted
three people of hacking web sites of British gambling companies to
extort $4 million. Each defendant got eight years in prison.
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