Federal prosecutors have charged two men with using a computer botnet to launch crippling Web attacks on Amazon, eBay, and Priceline, and then bragging about them in online hacker forums.
Dmitry Olegovich Zubakha, 25, of Moscow, was arrested in Cyprus this week for his role in attacks taking place in June and July of 2008. One of those lasted three days and prevented Amazon customers from completing online transactions, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday. In the weeks that followed, Zubakha—who went by handles Eraflame, Dima-k17, and DDService—periodically visited hacker forums to take responsibility for the DOS (or denial-of-service) attacks and to post stolen credit card numbers he had obtained, prosecutors further alleged. In the same forums, he marketed hacking services including for-rent botnets.