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US-held Israeli detective uses Indian hackers for search by Russian oligarchs

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An Israeli private detective currently in US custody has used Indian hackers to conduct surveillance operations for ultra-rich Russians, a reporter said in a court case, according to Reuters.

Independent journalist Scott Stedman told a New York court that private detective Aviram Azari, who was in prison, was working “on surveillance and cyber espionage operations by Russian oligarchs,” citing a mixture of public reports and confidential sources.

Stedman said in a statement that one of the Russian oligarchs in question was aluminum tycoon Oleg Deripaska, whom he said had indirectly hired Azari in connection with a business dispute in Austria.

Deripaska’s spokeswoman said in an email that the allegations were “blatantly untrue.” Azari’s lawyer, who last month pleaded guilty to conspiracy to hack and aggravated identity theft in a separate case, did not respond to messages.

Stedman made the statement in support of his request to summon Azari for a libel lawsuit filed against him by British-Israeli security consultant Walter Soriano in 2020, according to stiri247.ro.

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Aviram Azari, an Israeli detective, used Indian hackers on the orders of several Russian oligarchs in a complicated espionage business

In a series of articles for his Forensic News publication, Stedman claimed, among other things, that Soriano was an intermediary between wealthy Russians and surveillance firms.

Soriano denied the allegations and sued Stedman for defamation, privacy and harassment.

Stedman’s lawyer told a New York court that “several confidential sources” told the reporter that Azari had “worked closely with Soriano for years” and that the testimony and documents of the jailed private detective could “Confirms the truth of the Forensic News report.”

In an email to Reuters, Soriano’s lawyer, Shlomo Rechtschaffen, said Stedman’s allegations were “false and unfounded” and that the reporter “has no evidence” that his client and Azari worked together. stands up.

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In a statement to Reuters, Stedman said he had “very good reason to believe that Azari worked with Mr Soriano on cybernetics projects for several Russian oligarchs and other billionaires” and that he had quoted Azari as part of an effort. “To defend my journalism and my business.”

Azari is currently in federal prison in Brooklyn awaiting sentencing in connection with a hacking campaign linked to the late German financial technology company Wirecard AG, his lawyer said last month.

Reuters reported last year that Azari had been accused of hiring Indian hacking firm BellTroX on behalf of powerful customers. BellTroX, which has also been accused of being hacked by cybersecurity researchers on Facebook and elsewhere, could not be reached for comment.

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