A Russian indicted in Washington for cyber-attacks on retail giant Amazon.com has been arrested in Cyprus on an international warrant issued by U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan, InformationWeek reports.
Dmitry Olegovich Zubakha, 25, was indicted in May 2011 on two botnet-driven Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on Amazon and was arrested last Wednesday.
News of the indictment being unsealed was published Saturday. It also accuses Zubakha of DDoS attacks on eBay and Priceline.com.
The reported attacks occurred in June 2008. Zubakha is charged with conspiracy, causing damage to a protected computer and two other counts.
The U.S. government is seeking extradition of Zubakha from Cyprus as he has also been charged with possession of more than 15 unauthorized access devices and identity theft for a separate incident involving possession of stolen credit card numbers in October 2009.
It is alleged that Zubakha mounted a DDoS attack via a botnet or web of connected computers against Amazon June 6 and June 9, 2008, rendering the site inaccessible to customers for hours.
Zubakha and another Russian hacker allegedly launched the plot to attack the retail giant and claimed credit for the attack in hacker forums.
If convicted on all charges, Zubakha could be sent to prison for 37 years and fined $750,000, InformationWeek reports.
The U.S. Secret Service Electronics Crime Task Force with the help of detectives from the Seattle Police Department is investigating the case. The Office of International Affairs from the Justice Department's Criminal Division has rendered substantial assistance, the Courier Herald reported.
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