23 May 2023

Ukrainian hacktivists expose Russian GRU officer wanted for 2016 US election interference


Ukrainian hacktivists expose Russian GRU officer wanted for 2016 US election interference

Ukrainian hacktivist group Kiber Sprotyv (Cyber Resistance) and the volunteer intelligence community InformNapalm released the personal information and photo of Viktor Borisovich Netyksho, an officer in Russia’s Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff (GRU) wanted in the United States for his alleged involvement in the 2016 US presidential election hack.

Netyksho is one of the 12 military hackers indicted in the US for hacking offences related to the 2016 US presidential election, and this is the first time his photo has been exposed. While the FBI had photos of 11 suspects, Viktor Netyksho remained faceless, as the intelligence agencies were unable to obtain his photo.

The hacktivists obtained Netyksho’s personal data by hacking an email account of his wife, Oksana Netyksho, including passport details, photos, and information about the family’s place of residence.

Although the hackers gained access to the account several months ago, they decided to publish the information this week, forcing Netyksho to postpone vacation with his son.

In April, the hacktivists leaked personal information of Sergey Morgachev, a GRU officer and suspected leader of the APT28 (aka Fancy Bear) military hacking unit.

In another instance, the team tricked military wives into revealing sensitive information about Col. Sergey Atroshchenko, who is thought to have ordered a bombing of the theater in Mariupol and his regiment, including their home addresses, passports, and salaries


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