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Amazon hacker facing multiple charges after arrest

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by Stephanie Mlot, 23 Jul 2012News
Amazon hacker facing multiple charges after arrest

A 25-year-old Russian man suspected in the cyber attacks on Amazon.com was arrested this week in Cyprus, where he awaits possible extradition to the US, the States' Attorney's office has announced.

Dmitry Zubakha of Moscow was indicted in May 2011 for two denial of service attacks on the online retailer. The man also conducted similar attacks in June 2008 on Priceline.com and eBay, according to the indictment, which was opened Thursday by US Attorney Jenny Durkan.

On 6 June and 9 June, 2008, Zubakha allegedly spearheaded distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against Amazon, disrupting the site for more than four hours while the company scrambled to clear the botnet.

Zubakha is thought to have involved a co-conspirator in the process, Sergey Logashov; the two celebrated the attacks by claiming credit in hacker forums.

A number of charges rained down on Zubakha, including conspiracy to intentionally cause damage without authorisation to a protected computer and two counts of intentionally causing damage to a protected computer resulting in a loss of more than $5,000 (£3,220), as well as possession of 15 or more unauthorised access devices.

An October 2009 incident involving the possession of stolen credit card numbers also earned him an aggravated identity theft charge.

The charges could land Zubakha in prison for more than 25 years, and half a million dollars in fines.

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