The local Krasnoyarsk Territory Federal Security Service (FSB) reported today that they have begun criminal proceedings against a Siberian hacker. He stands accused of committing cyber attacks against the website of Russian president Vladimir Putin and, if found guilty, could face up to 4 years in prison.
“The defendant does not plead guilty. He told investigators that he did not know the program could be harmful and can block websites. But the investigators found that the defendant consciously used the program to unleash a cyber attack against the president’s website.”
The Federal Security Service further reported that a thirty year old resident of Krasnoyarsk allegedly blocked the president’s website in order to support an opposition rally dubbed ‘March of Millions’ using computer programs specifically designed for blocking data without authorisation.
Tens of thousands of opposition activists marched through downtown Moscow on Saturday afternoon in the first major anti-government protest in over three months.
The Moscow Times, September 15th 2012
Back in June another Krasnoyarsk resident was accused of similar crimes – a nineteen year old student allegedly attacked the government and presidential websites on May 6th and 7th 2012 after watching a video by the infamous hacker group Anonymous.