Russian hacker arrested for cyber-attack on Amazon.com

Russian hacker arrested for cyber-attack on Amazon.com

Russian hacker arrested for cyber-attack on Amazon.com

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 19 at 5:25 PM

A Russian hacker has been indicted for cyber-attacks against Seattle-based Amazon.com, along with identity theft.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Dmitry Olegovich Zubakha, 25, was captured in Cyprus Wednesday on an international warrant.

Zubakha, a native of Moscow, was indicted for two denial of service attacks in 2008 on the Amazon.com website. The indictment, unsealed Thursday, also details denial of service attacks on Priceline.com and eBay.

According to the indictment, Zubakha allegedly conducted the attacks on June 6 and June 9, 2008. In both cases, the attacks from a 'botnet' or web of connected computers, prevented customers from accessing Amazon’s website for several hours. Afterward, Zubakha and an accomplice allegedly went on hacker blogs and claimed credit.

Prosecutors say an accomplice called Priceline.com to offer his services as a consultant to stop denial of service attacks. In 2009, law enforcement traced the possession of more than 28,000 stolen credit card numbers to Zubakha and his accomplice.

Zubakha is charged with conspiracy to intentionally cause damage without authorization to a protected computer; two counts of intentionally causing damage to a protected computer resulting in a loss of more than $5,000; possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices, and; aggravated identity theft for a separate incident involving the possession of stolen credit card numbers.

Prosecutors say one of the identity theft victims was a Lake Stevens resident and that Zubakha used that person’s credit card information.

The U.S. is working to extradite Zubakha. If convicted on all counts, he could spend up to 27 years in prison.

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