Heavy sentence handed to cyber-blackmailers
Three Russians who succeeded in extorting money from online gambling Web sites based in the U.K. have each been jailed for eight years.
According to Russian news sources, Ivan Maksakov, Alexander Petrov and Denis Stepanov used botnet-derived DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks, and follow-up threats, to persuade targeted businesses to pay up to nearly $4 million.
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