Ukrainian law enforcement authorities announced they arrested a hacker who created and managed a botnet comprised of over 100,000 fake profiles that was used for conducting DDoS attacks on request of paid customers, as well as hacking websites by exploiting discovered vulnerabilities.
According to Security Service of Ukraine (SSU), besides DDoS attacks and website hacking attacks, the suspect, who is a resident of Ivano-Frankivsk region, conducted brute-force attacks to crack login credentials at web sites.
The hacker had advertised his services via Telegram channels and private forums, where he was paid through electronic platforms such as ‘Webmoney,’ which is blocked in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian police agency said it conducted a raid of the suspect's residence and seized the computer equipment with the evidence of illegal activity.
The hacker is now facing charges for the violation of Part 2 of Art. 361-1 and Art. 363-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (distribution and sale of malicious programs and technical equipment, and the interference with the work of computers and computer networks)