Central Bank claims there were over 20 serious attacks on correspondent accounts held by CBR in 2015, comprising Roubles several billion in fraud — Some details given of leading non-state Russian cyber criminal groups Details 1.
Speaking in June 2016, a number of Russian figures with a detailed knowledge of national cyber crime, both state-sponsored and otherwise, outlined the current situation in this area.
the Central Bank of Russia knowingly having to cover up for such agents' money laundering operations through the Russian financial system. In terms of the FSB's recruitment of capable cyber operatives to carry out its, ideally deniable, offensive cyber operations, a Russian IT specialist with direct knowledge reported in June 2016 that this was often done using coercion and blackmail.
In terms of 'foreign' agents, the FSB was approaching US citizens of Russian (Jewish) origin on business trips to Russia.
The hotel was known to be under FSB control with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to. The Moscow Ritz Carlton episode involving TRUMP reported above was confirmed by Source E, [redacted], who said that s/he and several of the staff were aware of it at the time and subsequently. Source E provided an introduction for a company ethnic Russian operative to Source F, a female staffer at the hotel when TRUMP had stayed there, who also confirmed the story.
Speaking separately in June 2016, Source [the former top level Russian intelligence officer] asserted that TRUMP's unorthodox behavior in Russia over the years had provided the authorities there with enough embarrassing material on the now Republican presidential candidate to be able to blackmail him if they so wished. Asked about the Kremlin's reported intelligence feed to TRUMP over recent years and rumours about a Russian dossier of 'kompromat' on...