SSU cracks down on bot farm spreading destructive content

SSU exposed a hacker, who has created and administrated a high-powered botnet – an automated network with more than 100,000 fake profiles. Via this network he conducted DDoS and spam attacks, detected websites vulnerabilities and hacked them.

According to the SSU Cyber Security experts, the offender is Ivano-Frankivsk region citizen, he also was engaged in guessing email passwords using brute force.

He looked for customers on the closed forums and Telegram chats and payments were made via blocked electronic payment systems.

Thereby, the offender was a representative of Russian payment system Webmoney, which is under the National Security and Defense Council sanctions. He produced and issued Webmoney transactions certificates for customers.

During the searches in offender’s places of residence the computer equipment with the evidence of illegal activity was seized.

Currently the suspicion notice of creation for the purpose of use, dissemination and distribution of harmful software or hardware and impeding the work of electronic computing machines is going to be served to the offender.

The operation was conducted by the SSU Office in Ivano-Frankivsk region jointly with the Cyberpolice Department of the National Police, the Main Department of the National Police in Ivano-Frankivsk region under procedural supervision of the Kolomyia District Prosecutor’s Office.