Hacker Arrested for Amazon, eBay Cyber Attacks

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that a Russian man was arrested in Cyprus this week, charged with launching denial of service attacks on Amazon.com and eBay in 2008.

“Dmitry Olegovich Zubakha, 25, of Moscow, was arrested Wednesday, the DOJ said,” writes Computerworld’s Grant Gross. “An indictment against Zubakha in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, unsealed Thursday, alleges that he and another Russian man used denial-of-service attacks against the websites, also including Priceline.com, in June 2008. During the attacks, traffic at Amazon.com rose to 600 to 1,000 percent of normal traffic levels, causing the website to be unavailable to customers for several hours, according to the indictment.”

“Zubakha is also charged with possessing credit card track data — the information on the magnetic strip — for more than 28,000 accounts,” writes ZDNet’s Tom Espiner. “The data covers card numbers for Boeing Employees Credit Union (BECU) accounts.”

“Prosecutors are seeking Zubakha’s extradition from Cyprus to the United States so that he can stand trial on the charges,” writes InformationWeek’s Mathew J. Schwartz. “All told, he has been 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 — as well as possessing 15 or more unauthorized access devices, and aggravated identity theft over the stolen credit card data he allegedly possessed. If convicted on all charges, Zubakha faces up to 37 years in prison and $750,000 in fines.”

“These cyber bandits do serious harm to our businesses and their customers. But the old adage is true: the arm of the law is long,” U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan said in a statement. “This defendant could not hide in cyberspace, and I congratulate the international law enforcement agencies who tracked him down and made this arrest.”

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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