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Spam king Avanesov senteced to 4 years in jail

Russian cybercrime mastermind Georgy Avanesov was found guilty of computer sabotage by an Armenian court on Tuesday and sentenced to four years in prison. The trial is monumental, not only for the sentencing of a criminal who hijacked millions of computers, but also because it is reportedly the country’s first conviction of a computer criminal. Arrested in 2010, 27-year-old Avanesov is famous for creating the Bredolab botnet. Bredolab refers to the name of the virus Avanesov used to quietly access unsuspecting computers, mainly through a backdoor created when a user opened a malicious email, and was responsible for spamming, spreading malware and carrying out anti-virus attacks. At its peak, the Bredolab botnet sent out 3.6 million junk mail messagesper day. Avanesov also rented out access to the network of zombie computers to other hackers, reportedly earning about 100,000 euros a month.

In the 25-page indictment, the prosecution said Avanesov developed the Bredolab in Armenia and used computer servers in Holland and France to spread the virus. Avanesov’s criminal enterprise was compromised in October 2010, when Dutch authorities took control of the botnet, seizing and disconnecting 143 computer servers. Avanesov was arrested at the Armenia’s Zvartnots International Airport the next day,flying in from Moscow.

Source: Huffington Post


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  1. Ape lover
    May 25th, 2012 | 11:22

    Not long enough! Should have been shot or hanged long time ago.

  2. the internet gives everybody a voice. that doesn't automatically mean you should use it or that you should be heard
    May 25th, 2012 | 13:46

    lol, silly first poster and his disproportionate idea of a fitting punishment.

  3. Touqeer
    May 25th, 2012 | 14:59

    hey i am from Pakistan < here you can kill a person and get away with it

  4. thatgermanguyagain
    May 25th, 2012 | 15:25

    “Arrested in 2010, 27-year-old Avanesov is famous for creating the Bredolab botnet. Bredolab refers to the name of the virus Avanesov used to quietly access unsuspecting computers,[...]”

    So he named the virus after himself?

    Megaupload, please. No, seriously, I want Megaupload back.

  5. thatgermanguyagain
    May 25th, 2012 | 15:27

    Oh, no, sorry.

  6. hamster01
    May 25th, 2012 | 18:19

    He is not Russian, he is Armenian.

  7. Bingo
    May 25th, 2012 | 18:22

    “reportedly earning about 100,000 euros a month”
    - Sounds nice! :-D Anyhow, its quite an achivement all in all. Would have been nice to have done it without spam thou.

  8. none
    May 25th, 2012 | 19:28

    “was responsible for carrying out anti-virus attacks”

    Please say it again, I thought you said “carrying out anti-virus attacks”..

  9. crystal3d
    December 17th, 2012 | 15:17

    yes, he annihilated all virus inside millions of computers…well h e just got bored on mine it seems, let him rot..

  10. kaka
    April 26th, 2014 | 02:55

    Said very exciting, I am very optimistic

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