Russian hacker trio jailed for cyber attacks

by admin October 5, 2006 at 10:59 am

UK gambling sites blackmailed…

Three Russian citizens have been jailed for eight years each for extorting money from UK ecommerce companies.

Ivan Maksakov, Alexander Petrov and Denis Stepanov were all sentenced on Wednesday. They were accused of receiving $4m from companies that they threatened with cyber attacks.

The trio concentrated on UK internet gambling sites, according to the prosecution. One bookmaker, which refused to pay a demand for $10,000, was attacked and brought offline – which reportedly cost it more than $200,000 per day in lost business.

Maksakov, Petrov and Stepanov were arrested in 2004, through a joint operation between the UK National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) and the Russian authorities.

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