Microsoft has named a 31-year-old Russian, who used to work at a firm producing anti-virus and firewall software, believing him to be responsible for attacks perpetrated by the Kelihos botnet.
Andrey Sabelnikov, of St Petersburg, Russia, has been named in an amended complaint filed by the software giant with the US District Court.
Microsoft says it believes that Sabelnikov created the Kelihos malware, and alleges that he “used the malware to control, operate, maintain and grow the Kelihos botnet”.
Furthermore, Microsoft alleges that Sabelnikov registered 3,723 “cz.cc” website subdomains, and misused those subdomains to operate and control the Kelihos botnet for the purposes of sending spam.
What is perhaps most surprising is Sabelnikov’s background. According to his public LinkedIn profile, from…
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