Pavel Vrublevsky Linked to DDoS Attacks, arrested

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Pavel Vrublevsky Linked to DDoS Attacks, arrested

Postby spamislame » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:13 am

Krebs again.

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2011/06/fina ... s-attacks/

This remains the story that keeps on giving.

Pavel Vrublevsky, the embattled co-founder of ChronoPay — Russia’s largest online payments processor — has reportedly fled the country after the arrest of a suspect who confessed that he was hired by Vrublevsky to launch a debilitating cyber attack against a top ChronoPay competitor.

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In the summer of 2010, rumors began flying in the Russian blogosphere that Vrublevsky had hired a hacker to launch a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against Assist, the company that was processing payments for Aeroflot, Russia’s largest airline. Aeroflot had opened its contract for processing payments to competitive bidding, and ChronoPay was competing against Assist and several other processors. The attack on Assist occurred just weeks before Aeroflot was to decide which company would win the contract; it so greatly affected Assist’s operations that the company was unable to process payments for extended periods of time. Citing the downtime in processing as a factor in its decision, Aeroflot ultimately awarded the contract to neither ChronoPay nor Assist, but instead to Alfa-Bank, the largest private bank in Russia.

Considering how flamboyantly outspoken Vrublevsky usually is, it should be interesting to see what happens in the coming months.

How is this guy still in business? (I guess the answer may be: because he's in Russia.)

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Re: Financial Mogul [Pavel Vrublevsky] Linked to DDoS Attacks

Postby AlphaCentauri » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:21 pm

And the story spreads further:
http://krebsonsecurity.com/2011/06/72m- ... cker-worm/

Ukrainian press sources are tying the recent takedown of scareware servers with Conficker.
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Re: Financial Mogul [Pavel Vrublevsky] Linked to DDoS Attacks

Postby AlphaCentauri » Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:30 pm

Pavel was arrested at the airport when he returned to Russia:
http://krebsonsecurity.com/2011/06/chro ... -arrested/
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Re: Financial Mogul [Pavel Vrublevsky] Linked to DDoS Attacks

Postby Red Dwarf » Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:46 pm

Russian authorities on Thursday arrested Pavel Vrublevsky, co-founder of ChronoPay, the country’s largest processor of online payments, for allegedly hiring a hacker to attack his company’s rivals.

Vrublevsky, 32, is probably best known as the co-owner of the Rx-Promotion rogue online pharmacy program. His company also consistently has been involved in credit card processing for - and in many cases setting up companies on behalf of - rogue anti-virus or “scareware” scams that use misleading PC security alerts in a bid to frighten people into purchasing worthless security software.

Russian state-run news organizations are reporting that Vrublevsky was arrested on June 23.

His first court appearance was on Friday 24. The judge ordered Pavel Vrublevsky, founder and chief executive of ChronoPay, to be held without bail, pending a hearing in a month’s time
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Re: Pavel Vrublevsky Linked to DDoS Attacks, arrested

Postby spamislame » Sat Jun 25, 2011 11:54 am

Amazing!

He's being held until at least June 27th.

Definitely some interesting news. Should we start a betting pool as to whether he faces any serious jail time? I have a feeling he finally might, but it would be due to legal action from Aeroflot, who suffered directly from his alleged DDOS of payment processor "Access", not his payment processing of any illicit websites (which I further wager will continue unabated.)

Popcorn anyone? ;)

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Re: Pavel Vrublevsky Linked to DDoS Attacks, arrested

Postby Red Dwarf » Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:23 pm

spamislame wrote:Amazing!

He's being held until at least June 27th.

A hearing in a month's time, and no bail - make that July 27th.
His unusual silence implies that the Russian lock-up's facilities do not extend to Internet access
Pass the :happy1:-corn?
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Re: Pavel Vrublevsky Linked to DDoS Attacks, arrested

Postby Red Dwarf » Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:42 pm

This is a translation of Igor Artimovich's confession to the DDOS attack on Assist that crippled the Aeroflot system (24-27 July, 2010)

It incriminates Pavel Vrublevsky, alleging that the payment for the attack came from him via an intermediary

Confession from Igor Artimovich alias Engel (Google Translate) : http://bit.ly/l0NWXX
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Re: Pavel Vrublevsky Linked to DDoS Attacks, arrested

Postby spamislame » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:18 am

... And now he's been denied bail. :)

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2011/11/jail ... nied-bail/

A Moscow court on Monday denied bail for Pavel Vrublevsky, a Russian businessman who was charged earlier this year with hiring hackers to launch costly online attacks against his rivals. The denial came even after Vrublevsky apparently admitted his role in the attacks, according to Russian news outlets.

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