A Russian indicted in Washington for cyber attacks on retail giant Amazon.com was arrested in Cyprus on July 18. The hacker was held on an international warrant issued by the U.S. Attorney Jenny A Durkan, the InformationWeek reported.
Identified as Dmitry Olegovich Zubakha, the 25-year-old Russian was indicted in May 2011 for two botnet-driven Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on Amazon.
News of the indictment being unsealed was published Saturday. The reports also cite details of DDoS attacks on eBay and Priceline.com.
The reported attacks occurred in June 2008. Zubhaka is charged with conspiration, to cause damage to a protected computer, and two other counts to intentionally cause damage to a protected computer resulting in a loss over $5000.
The U.S. Government is seeking extradition of Zubhaka from Cyprus as he is also charged with possession of over 15 unauthorized access devices and identity theft for a separate incident involving possession of stolen credit card numbers in October 2009.
It is alleged that Zubhaka mounted a DDoS attack against Amazon on June 6, 2008 and June 9, 2008 rendering the site inaccessible to customers for hours, while the organization attempted to negate the attack via a botnet or web of connected computers.
Zubhaka and another Russian hacker allegedly launched the plot to attack the retail giant and claimed credit for the attack in hacker forums.
If convicted on all charges, Zubakha has to part with $750,000 as fine and serve a jail term of 37 years, the InformationWeek report added.
The U.S. Secret Service Electronics Crime Task Force including detectives from the Seattle Police Department is investigating the case. The Office of International Affairs from the Justice Department's Criminal Division has rendered substantial assistance, the Courier Herald reported.