Follow Us

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

Russian CEO arrested for alleged DDoS attack on rival

FSB swoops on ChronoPay head Pavel Vrublevsky

Article comments

One of the most controversial figures in Russia’s online world, ChronoPay co-founder and CEO Pavel Vrublevsky, has been arrested on suspicion of ordering a DDoS attack against a rival firm.

According to news sources, Vrublevsky was last week believed to have fled the country after a hacker associated told the country’s FSB security services that he’d been hired by the head to attack Assist.ru, a rival in the lucrative digital payments processing sector.

On Friday, however, the fugitive CEO turned up in a Russian court where he was denied bail and a court appearance was scheduled for a month’s time, according to The Financial Times.

The attack that has landed Vrublevsky in trouble took place last summer as his company company was bidding against rivals, including Assist.ru, for the contract to handle online payments for Russian national airline, Aeroflot.

The DDoS charges aside, Vrublevsky and his company ChronoPay have become one of the country’s most notorious Internet companies, connected to a range of shady Internet businesses allegedly pushing and taking payments from scams including fake anti-virus software and pharmacy spam. ChronoPay has denied involvement in fake antivirus scams, including recent ones targeting Mac users.

Expert security journalist Brian Krebs has covered the firm’s intricate web of operations in a long-running series of blog posts.  

The arrest could be evidence Russia is at last making serious efforts to clean up its abysmal reputation as a breeding ground for Internet criminality.

Several weeks ago, Microsoft published a series of ads in Russian newspapers announcing its intention of pursuing those said to be involved with the notorious and now-defunct Rustock botnet, brought down in March. That previously unthinkable event – that Russians allegedly involved in online criminality might be pursued in their own country with the aid of the law - has hinted that the country’s attitude to its poor image might be evolving. 



Share:

More from Techworld

More relevant IT news

Comments



Send to a friend

Email this article to a friend or colleague:

PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the recipient know who sent the story, and in case of transmission error. Both your name and the recipient's name and address will not be used for any other purpose.

Techworld White Papers

Choose – and Choose Wisely – the Right MSP for Your SMB

End users need a technology partner that provides transparency, enables productivity, delivers...

Download Whitepaper

10 Effective Habits of Indispensable IT Departments

It’s no secret that responsibilities are growing while budgets continue to shrink. Download this...

Download Whitepaper

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving

Enterprise information archiving is contributing to organisational needs for e-discovery and...

Download Whitepaper

Advancing the state of virtualised backups

Dell Software’s vRanger is a veteran of the virtualisation specific backup market. It was the...

Download Whitepaper

Techworld UK - Technology - Business

Innovation, productivity, agility and profit

Watch this on demand webinar which explores IT innovation, managed print services and business agility.

Techworld Mobile Site

Access Techworld's content on the move

Get the latest news, product reviews and downloads on your mobile device with Techworld's mobile site.

Find out more...

From Wow to How : Making mobile and cloud work for you

On demand Biztech Briefing - Learn how to effectively deliver mobile work styles and cloud services together.

Watch now...

Site Map

* *