Man Charged with Launching Cyber Attacks on Vladimir Putin

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RIA Novosti reports that authorities in the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk have accused a local man of orchestrating the cyber attacks launched last May against the Web site of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

"Officials in the law enforcement body say the 30-year-old man, who remains unidentified, used hacking software to block access to the presidential Web site on May 9, reportedly in support of the anti-Kremlin street opposition," the article states. "The man maintains his innocence and claims he was unaware of the software’s blocking capability, officials said. He could face up to four years in prison if found guilty for the 'creation, use and distribution of malicious computer software.'"

"The criminal probe into the hack attack has been completed and the case will soon be handed over to a court," AFP reports.

"In June 2012, right after the DDoS attacks on several Russian government had taken place, authorities accused a 19-year-old from the same region for his involvement in the operation," notes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "Officials said that the man used the instructions provided by Anonymous hacktivists to launch the cyberattacks against the targeted websites."