Counter-intelligence reveals former Defence Ministry official leaking data to Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

Sergiy Lazarev said he was leaking information to Russia for three years
12:55, 10 December 2018

Sergiy Lazarev, a former official of the Defence Ministry, who was detained for leaking data about Ukraine's planes to Russia

Sergiy Lazarev, a former official of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry stated that he has been leaking data about the Ukrainian planes to the Russian Security Service, as TSN reported.

The counter-intelligence revealed GRU undercover agent with the alias “Socrates”. He hopes for an exchange now.

Lazarev was recruited in Russia, where he visited his sister. Russians were interested in the secret information of the Ukrainian military aviation, and Lazarev exchanged military secrets for a residence permit in Russia.

Related: Czech Republic exposes network of Russian intelligence agents

“Socrates” was leaking information about Ukraine’s planes to Russia for three years in a row. The amount of the information he shared remains unknown. The laptop the Russian intelligence gave him looks like a cheap computer. But the software it has destroys all the traces of the contacts.

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“After data transmission, it eliminated the data and the route it followed. We failed to restore its route,” Oleksandr Tkachuk, a cybersecurity expert, says.

“Sokrat” slipped up when he expressed interest in the airbase near Kyiv. His operation failed. Now, “Sokrat” is kept in Lukyanivska prison.

Related: Germany accuses Russian intelligence of massive cyber-attacks

Earlier, it was reported that ex-officer who spied for Russia’s benefit for 20 years was arrested in Austria.

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