Trial of organizer of Avalanche cyber network to take place on Feb. 27

Source : 112 Ukraine

Earlier the Interior Ministry announced the court session on today
16:25, 26 February 2018

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

Hennady Kapkanov detained on February 25 is accused of the attempted murder of the law enforcer in Ukraine and of the participation in the international criminal organization Avalanche in Germany as the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (GPU) reported.

‘There is a criminal proceeding toward the criminal provided by the prosecutors of the National Police in Poltava regions under the procedural control of the regional prosecutor’s office. He is incriminated with the attempted murder of the law enforcer due to the performance of the duty service by the enforcer’, the message said.

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The issue of the choosing of the restrictive measure in the form of the detention in custody for Kapkanov is considered at the moment. The consideration of the appeal by the investigating judge of October District Court is planned for February 27.

Earlier the Interior Ministry of Ukraine reported about the detention of the organizer of the international criminal cyber network Avalanche. 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. During the searches in the apartment rented by the offender, a laptop, flash cards and money were seized.

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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.

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.

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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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