Hackers Sentenced for Bookmaker Attacks

Three Russian hackers have been sentenced to eight years imprisonment and fined over $3,500 each after for running a campaign of denial of service attacks against UK bookmakers. Prosecutors accused the three of extorting up to $4 million in 54 attacks across 30 countries during a six-month period.

Alexander Petrov of Astrakhan, and Denis Stepanov of St Petersburg were caught in 2004, after a joint operation by the UK's National High Tech Crime Unit, Interpol, the FBI and Russia's Interior Ministry. The third member of the gang, Ivan Maksakov of Balakovo, was arrested the following year. They were charged with a number of computer hacking and extortion offences under the the Russian Criminal Code

The gang planted spyware software in the victims system and followed it up with demands for money unless they were paid-off. A denial of service attack was then launched if the victim refused. According to public prosecutor Anton Pakhomov, "The web server of Canbet Sports Bookmakers Ltd, which refused to pay a $10,000 ransom demand, was blocked during the Breeders' Cup races, and the company lost more than $200,000 for each day of  downtime."

Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2006-10-10 12:27:51

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