Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) has arrested a hacker who controlled a DDoS botnet composed of 100,000 devices that was available for rent. The botnet was also used for other malicious activities, including spam campaigns, brute-force attacks and reconnaissance in web-based attacks.
The agents arrested the man at his home in Prykarpattia, he is a representative of the Russian electronic system of instant payments Webmoney, which is subject to the sanctions of the National Security and Defense Council.
The crook was advertising his botnet on closed forums and in Telegram chats, he accepted payments through electronic platforms such as Webmoney.
The man used his real address to register an account on Webmoney, an error that allowed the Ukrainian police to find his residence.
“During searches conducted at the addresses of registration and actual residence of the malefactor, computer equipment with evidence of illegal activity was seized.” reads the press release published by the Ukrainian SSU.
The botmaster is now facing charges for the violation of Part 2 of Art. 361-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, for the sale and the rent of malicious software and its use to interfere with computer systems networks.
The man could risk several years in jail in case a Ukrainian judge will condemn him.
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(SecurityAffairs – hacking, cybercrime)