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Russian IT Leader’s Treason Case Shows Cyber Impasse With U.S.

  • Founder of Group-IB cybersecurity firm faces 20 years’ prison
  • Sachkov, expanding globally, was critical of hackers’ immunity
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A cybersecurity entrepreneur who pushed for tougher action against hackers is facing as much as 20 years in a Russian prison on treason charges, reflecting the challenges the U.S. faces in reaching a deal with Moscow on reining in online crime.

Ilya Sachkov, the 35-year-old founder of Group-IB who was arrested this week and ordered to be detained until Nov. 27, had spoken critically of the apparent immunity of Russian hackers inside their own country’s borders.