(The Hosting News) – U.S. authorities recently zeroed in on a Russian man allegedly responsible for launching a high-profile DDoS attack against online retail giant Amazon back in 2008.
The Justice Department announced the indictment of 25-year old Dmitry Olegovich Zubakha, charging the man with a number of violations including conspiracy.
According to the DOJ’s report, Zubakha launched the attack on two instances in 2008, bring down Amazon’s site for a number of hours. Amazon wasn’t the only DDoS victim. Other major web presences to be affected by the DDoS included eBay and Priceline.
A co-conspirator of Zubakha even at one point offered their services as a DDoS consultant to Priceline and bragged about his online activities through a forum.
“These cyber bandits do serious harm to our businesses and their customers. But the old adage is true: the arm of the law is long,” commented U.S. Attorney A. Durkan in a press release. Indicting Zubakha involved an extensive investigation undertaken by authorities ranging from the U.S. Secret Service to the Seattle Police Department. A number of fines and prison sentences could be the result if the defendant is found guilty.
DDoS attacks operate by coordinating a network of compromised computers to visit targeted websites, thus overwhelming servers with an unsustainable amount of traffic.