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Crime The Internet

Ukrainian Hacker Who Targeted Brian Krebs Extradited To US (go.com) 81

JustAnotherOldGuy writes: A Ukrainian man who allegedly tried to frame cyber-security expert Brian Krebs has been extradited to the United States and is due in Newark federal court today, prosecutors said. Sergei Vovnenko, known as "Fly," "Flycracker" or "Flyck," is thought to have been behind a 2013 plot to send heroin to cyber-security blogger Brian Krebs, a plot Krebs himself said he foiled because he was monitoring the site where it was hatched. "Angry that I'd foiled his plan to have me arrested for drug possession," Krebs wrote on his blog, "Fly had a local florist send a gaudy floral arrangement in the shape of a giant cross to my home, complete with a menacing message."
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Ukrainian Hacker Who Targeted Brian Krebs Extradited To US

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  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Thursday October 15, 2015 @02:05AM (#50733601)

    Or he felt too secure sitting in a country half a planet away.

    Like my boss once said, having a police record is no recommendation in this biz. Yes, it means that you did something. But it also means that you were either too sloppy, to crappy or too arrogant to cover your tracks well.

    • by Max_W ( 812974 )

      ... having a police record is no recommendation in this biz. Yes, it means that you did something...

      In my opinion, if a rowdy hurt people with a knife it does potentially make him a good surgeon. Being a good surgeon requires discipline, empathy, education, etc.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Most people believe that someone DDoSing your website offline means that you were hacked by better skilled hackers.

    • It also might not help that Ukrainian authorities may have recently reevaluated the intensity of their interest in getting more cooperation from Washington.

      If you are, in fact, secure in a country half a planet away, flaunting your impunity isn't as elegant as working silently; but has its virtues as an intimidation tactic: "You can't touch me, I can touch you; and even if you foil me this round I only have to get lucky once."

      If you are in a country half a planet away that is just fine with stuffing y
      • by swb ( 14022 )

        I'd just guess that Ukraine has decided that going with the West and its broader expectations for legal and economic transparency not to mention Washington's diplomatic and military support.

        They can either continue to run an organized crime structured economy and get extremely limited Western investment or try to go the route of Poland or other former East Bloc countries.

        • More like one bunch of crooks was replaced by another bunch of crooks riding on the wave of nationalism. To make an analogy, imagine the most corrupt of Nixon's cabinet fighting over who gets to be the next president with no holds barred. This is more or less what happens in the Ukraine for the past 10 years.

          And the route of Poland is basically to mooch off Germany. They receive the lion's share of EU subsidies, so much that even Greece is envious.

          Czech Republic is a far better example of success and the Cz

    • by znrt ( 2424692 )

      Or he felt too secure sitting in a country half a planet away.

      ukraine is as puppet state as it gets right now.

      Like my boss once said, having a police record is no recommendation in this biz. Yes, it means that you did something. But it also means that you were either too sloppy, to crappy or too arrogant to cover your tracks well.

      why is covering your tracks a desirable skill for your job?

      • To find out whether the intrusion detection and logging mechanisms are doing their job well. If I can get in and out without the IDs and logs showing it, we have a problem. The primary problem is of course that I got in, but at least as big a problem is if this goes undetected!

        • by znrt ( 2424692 )

          To find out whether the intrusion detection and logging mechanisms are doing their job well. If I can get in and out without the IDs and logs showing it, we have a problem. The primary problem is of course that I got in, but at least as big a problem is if this goes undetected!

          fair enough.

  • by ConstantineM ( 965345 ) on Thursday October 15, 2015 @02:50AM (#50733733)

    Did he miss the travel advisory for Italy?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09... [nytimes.com]

    • by klui ( 457783 )

      Maybe he read it but this advisory did not say anything about Italy.

      • So Italy doesn't have an extradition treaty with the US? From the linked article, "The Russian Foreign Ministry posted advice of a somewhat different nature on Monday, cautioning people wanted by the United States not to visit nations that have an extradition treaty with it."

        True, they only named a few of the countries (particularly ones where this has happened), but they did not mention the UK, New Zealand or Australia either. Nor Germany, nor...

  • Eek? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by sociocapitalist ( 2471722 ) on Thursday October 15, 2015 @03:49AM (#50733891)

    Sooner or later Mr. Krebs is going to cost the bad guys enough money that they will decide he is actually worth dealing with.

    Ride the wave Brian, but watch your back.

    • Yeah, or the teenagers that enjoy fucking with him so much will get the picture and stop doing so. Krebs is a journalist, not a cop - he wants to write stories. Nonetheless he has developed quite the track record of winning in the various conflicts forum-dwellers engage in. He's not a guy anyone should mess with lightly.

    • Yeah Krebs may be a highly skilled cybersecurity expert, but he might want to think about learning physical security as well.

      I suggest starting with basic firearms training, and eventually graduate to multiplayer Call of Duty.

    • is that a threat?
  • I think he's learned his lesson.

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