30-Year-Old Man Accused of Launching DDOS Attacks on Russian President’s Site

If found guilty, he could spend up to four years in prison

A 30-year-old man from Russia’s Krasnoyarsk region (eastern Siberia) has been accused of orchestrating the distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks launched back in May 2012 against the website of the country’s president.

Russia’s main domestic security agency, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB), believes that the suspect, who has yet to be named, used specialized software to block users from accessing the presidency’s official website in support of the anti-Kremlin protests, RIA reports.

The suspect claims he is not responsible for the crimes he’s accused of.

If found guilty, he could be sentenced to a maximum of four years in prison.

In June 2012, right after the DDOS attacks on several Russian government had taken place, authorities accused a 19-year-old from the same region for his involvement in the operation.

Officials said that the man used the instructions provided by Anonymous hacktivists to launch the cyberattacks against the targeted websites.

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