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US Charges Estonian Man with Procuring Electronics and Cybersecurity Tools for Russia


April 11, 2023

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US Charges Estonian Man with Procuring Electronics and Cybersecurity Tools for Russia

Estonian national Andrey Shevlyakov has been indicted on 18 counts of conspiracy and other charges in the United States for allegedly helping the Russian government and military procure US-made electronics.

Authorities apprehended the 45-year-old suspect in Tallinn, Estonia, on March 28; if pronounced guilty, Shevlyakov could spend 20 years in prison.

Allegedly, Shevlyakov acted as the middleman between various US electronics suppliers and the Russian government, acquiring sensitive technology and equipment, including Metasploit Pro, a cybersecurity tool primarily used for penetration testing and vulnerability assessment.

"The items that Shevlyakov purchased included low-noise pre-scalers and synthesizers (used to conduct high-frequency communications) and analog-to-digital converters, which can be found in most defense systems that must respond to environmental conditions, including software-defined radio, avionics, missiles, and electronic warfare systems," the US Attorney's Office said in a press release.

The suspect is also accused of trying to procure Metasploit Pro, a popular pen-testing tool that lets users assess network vulnerabilities. Due to its extensive capabilities, Metasploit is also often used by threat actors to conduct network reconnaissance, scan for weak points, and execute attacks.

The indictment highlights conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), mail and wire fraud conspiracy, smuggling, and money laundering as among the most significant charges against Shevlyakov. The document further alleges that Shevlyakov misrepresented the end users of the acquired goods to US suppliers in order to bypass export controls and other regulations.

Delivering the goods involved careful planning and an "intricate logistics operation," allegedly allowing the suspect to embark on several smuggling trips across the Russian border.

"The charges in the indictment are allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty," the press release concludes.

Due to the seriousness of the charges and the potential implications for international relations and cybersecurity, Shevlyakov could spend up to 20 years in prison if convicted.




Vlad's love for technology and writing created rich soil for his interest in cybersecurity to sprout into a full-on passion. Before becoming a Security Analyst, he covered tech and security topics.

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