A 26-year-old Sayansk, Russia man received two years of probation for launching massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against various websites.
The cybercrime investigation company Group-IB worked with Russia’s Ministry of Interior to track down the suspect. The organization handled the identification, collection, and preservation of evidence.
Authorities started investigating the Russian, who they have not named, after he launched an attack on the systems of a large financial organization that owned a number of banks.
The suspect was actually renting DDoS services to others, and he advertised them on underground hacking forums. His services ended up purchased by Russians, citizens of former Soviet Republics, and people in the United Kingdom.
The suspect used the Dragon botnet to launch the attacks against the targeted companies.
Police arrested the suspect in the autumn of 2012. In December 2012, Group-IB revealed he was getting ready to attack the website of a major industrial organization when police raided his home.
His illegal operations are said to have caused damages of hundreds or thousands of Russian rubles.
The man pleaded guilty and provided investigators information on how he launched the attacks.
Dmitry Volkov, head of the Group-IB Investigation Department, recommends organizations to think about contracting DDoS protection services because such attacks are becoming more common.