The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has arrested a hacker who developed and exploited a botnet of over 100,000 bots. The offender is a resident of the Prikarpatia region of Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. This huge army of robots is used to trigger distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks or to send spam.
In addition to this, he has also been used to steal user credentials, such as passwords, by brute force, test various websites for weaknesses, and prepare for future cyber-attacks, where criminals sell and receive orders for such attacks through online forums and Telegram.
The SBU tracked him down using an account he registered with Russian digital payments service WebMoney, where the hacker accidentally provided his real address.
According to the Ukrainian Penal Code, the offender will be charged under “Articles 361-1 Part 2 (for the purpose of creation), 361-1 (for the purpose of using, distributing or selling malicious software or hardware, and distributing or Sales), and Section 363-1 (Interference with Work). Section 363-1 (Interference with the work of Electronic computers (computers), automated systems, computer networks, or telecommunications networks by mass dissemination of telecommunications information)” was charged.