Russian Opposition Leader Hacked

The Twitter and e-mail accounts of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny were recently hacked. In a blog post yesterday, Navalny wrote, “My e-mail and Twitter have been hacked. Apparently via computers and iPads confiscated during my home search. That’s typical of the Investigative Committee.”

“Navalny’s Twitter account was taken over by a foul-mouthed impostor who spewed insults at his supporters and claimed that he had been working for President Vladimir Putin all along,” write The Moscow Times’ Jonathan Earle and Ken Martinez. “The hacker also changed the account’s avatar to a photograph of d’Artagnan, the hero of Alexandre Dumas’ ‘The Three Musketeers,’ with the caption ‘You are all pedophiles, and I am d’Artagnan!’ and a new profile description: ‘Crook and thief Alexei Navalny 2.0.'”

“Mr. Navalny, who has been at the forefront of anti-Kremlin rallies that have erupted in Moscow over the past few months, has been repeatedly detained by authorities,” writes The Wall Street Journal’s Alexander Kolyandr. “His apartment and his office were recently searched by the police, and state-controlled media refer to him as a Western stooge. He is currently being investigated as a witness over violence that erupted during protests held on the eve of President Vladimir Putin’s swearing-in ceremony last month.”

“The activist has promised to keep up his anti-corruption campaigning despite the legal onslaught,” writes The Telegraph’s Tom Parfitt. “On Monday, he was elected to the board of state-controlled Aeroflot after being proposed by minority shareholder Alexander Lebedev, who owns the Independent and the Evening Standard. Mr Navalny said he would attempt to improve corporate governance at the flagship airline.”

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman is an eSecurity Planet contributor.

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