I am writing to you in avail of my “right to response” to an official publication, whereas reference is made to an article published in your media yesterday, 16 February 2022, namely: https://bird.bg/en/
First and foremost, I would like to state that the aforementioned article about me is a blatant personal attack: you accused me of committing a serious criminal offense, whereas my photograph and personal details, including even my residential area are on a public display, based on a 7-year-old article, riddled with false accusations, about a company that was previously under my management and ownership.
With regards to the initial article from “Medusa” and subsequently “Bivol” – please find below some facts (for all of which, I can present solid and firm evidence):
- As at the dates of the meeting that allegedly took place in Sofia (as referenced in your both articles), this is to confirm that I was not physically present at all in Bulgaria. I did not and could not possibly participate in this purported meeting, and I never met the people mentioned in the article.
- After the publication of the initial article in 2015, there was an official meeting set up between the Head of Computer Crimes department at GDBOP, Mr. Yavor Kolev and representatives of Packets Technologies AD – shareholder, member of the company management, as well as legal representatives of the company. Such meeting was held on the initiative of the company which had approached the authorities voluntarily and invited them to come and inspect the company and its technologies.
As you mentioned in the article, I do have considerable experience and background in information security and network security – I have worked in major international companies and strengthened their network security composure, as well as invented and developed various technologies – some of which I released as free open source projects – to help others defend against network attacks – and shared my knowledge in information security conferences.
My career was built around protecting online businesses from hackers (including, some of the biggest companies today – such as Intel, Paypal, eBay, etc.) – and not by being a hacker.
I have never been convicted of any crime, anywhere in the world.
Furthermore, I have never been accused of committing any crimes, anywhere in the world – officially or unofficially, until your article, which portrayed me as a criminal who ‘attacked Ukraine’ – which is factually incorrect – it is a blunt lie.
Portraying me as someone who “bought a golden passport” is also ridiculous. The facts are:
- I have been contributing to the Bulgarian economy since 2014 – by starting businesses, employing local professionals, paying all of my taxes in full, and investing in government securities.
- I have received a Bulgarian citizenship in strict compliance with the applicable legal framework – i.e. by officially investing in government bonds – as per the law, officially residing in Bulgaria with my family, as well as going through the entire process impeccably. To that end, I would like to kindly remind you that in the course of my citizenship approval procedure, I have been constantly scrutinized by all competent authorities in the Republic of Bulgaria, including without limitation – Ministry of Interior (MoI), State Agency for National Security (SANS), Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Therefore, if there was even the slightest hint of any wrongdoings in my professional and/or personal life – especially related to criminal activities such as those your articles accuse me of, not only my citizenship application would have been rejected but I would have been arrested and criminal charges – pressed against me.
One of the few factually correct items in your article is that the business I ran was financially successful, and that I purchased an expensive house. I do not think that this is a reason to defame a person in public in the way you have blatantly done. The house I purchased and everything else I own – is duly and openly registered on my name as I have nothing to hide.
I am a law-abiding citizen living in Bulgaria, paying Bulgarian taxes and being a real part of the Bulgarian society and economy, with family whose reputation you tarnished.
I question the motives behind such a publication, other than the motive of the authors to invent an “appealing story” that combines all of the popular topics nowadays: “Golden Passports”, “Russia”, “Ukraine”, “Cyber Crime”, and so forth. It is self-explanatory that such an article went public without the author even bothering to contact me in advance for comments on the material about to be published.
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