Organizer of Avalanche cyber network detained in Kyiv

Source : 112 Ukraine

He was wanted in 30 countries of the world
11:40, 26 February 2018

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

The organizer of the international criminal cyber network Avalanche was detained in Kyiv. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.  

As reported, the creator of the platform, which infected up to half a million computers around the world every day, was detained in the Ukrainian capital with a passport for someone else's name. Today in Poltava city, the court will choose a preventive measure for him.

During the searches in the apartment rented by the offender, a laptop, flash cards and money were seized.

The Avalanche network existed for about 7 years. Law enforcement officers from 30 countries of the world were involved in the operation to eliminate it. In 2016, on November 30, as a result of an international special operation, the cyber-net was liquidated, and in Poltava, a 33-year-old local resident, the organizer of Avalanche, was detained.

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On December 1, 2016, the Prosecutor General's Office appealed to the Oktyabrsky District Court of Poltava with a request to put the perpetrator under arrest, but the court refused. After that, the suspect disappeared from the courtroom. Later he was declared wanted man internationally.

For today, in addition to the Ukrainian prosecutor's office, criminal cases against him are conducted by the Verdun prosecutor's office and the police of Luneburg (Germany). It is reported that in Germany, the activities of Avalanche caused damage for 6 million euros. Altogether, according to preliminary estimates, the cyberattacks of Avalanche caused damage up to hundreds of millions of euros around the world.

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