Russian hackers in net heist

Thursday, 29 July 2004, 1:17 PM EST

Russian hackers inflicted tens of millions of dollars of damage on British bookmakers in an internet extortion scheme, officials have revealed.

The officials gave new details about the hacker ring, whose breakup was announced last week by British police. The suspects flooded online betting sites with false requests for information in so-called "denial of service" attacks.

They would then send emails demanding money for stopping the attacks, said Yevgeny Yakimovich, the chief of the Russian Interior Ministry's Department K for fighting cyber-crimes.

At News.com.au

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