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Head of ChronoPay Arrested In Moscow 28

Posted by timothy
from the thought-this-was-a-free-country dept.
Trailrunner7 writes "Pavel Vrublevsky, the head of a prominent Russian payment-processing company, ChronoPay, was arrested in Russia on suspicion of hiring someone to launch a denial-of-service attack against one of his company's main competitors. The arrest is the latest in a series of high-profile actions against people and groups around the world suspected of being involved in the global cybercrime ecosystem."
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Head of ChronoPay Arrested In Moscow

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 25, 2011 @11:27PM (#36573576)

    This is an entirely internal Russian affair. If you think that pressure outside of Russia had any effect on this arrest, you have never been to Russia, and you don't understand how things work there. Pavel Vrublevsky's competitors were better connected in the Russian government, and they were able to pay more than Pavel Vrublevsky was able to pay.

    If you think that arrests and such things that occur within Russia equate to arrests for similar reasons in the west, you are uninformed.

    • by Wyatt Earp (1029)

      Exactly, Russia, China, and the United States really are the only nations left that can have completely "internal affairs".

      I think Russia internalizes a bit more.

  • So ... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by WrongSizeGlass (838941) on Saturday June 25, 2011 @11:27PM (#36573578)
    The Russian authorities don't do anything about ChronoPay's Scareware operations [slashdot.org] but they come after them for disrupting another Russian company with a DDoS attack? I guess that's what you'd call a home field advantage.
  • Wow. (Score:3, Funny)

    by Compaqt (1758360) on Sunday June 26, 2011 @12:24AM (#36573852) Homepage

    That was an expensive way to get a slashvertisement on the front page.

    • That was an expensive way to get a slashvertisement on the front page.

      Slashvert for a corrupt Russian CC processor / spammer? Really? I'm not sure this is their audience.

  • "The arrest is the latest in a series of high-profile actions against people and groups around the world suspected of being involved in the global cybercrime ecosystem."

    "There's too many of them, and not enough of us. So what we'll do is make a lot of busts in a short amount of time and publicize the hell out of it to scare them and make the public think it's all under control."

  • Why you should care (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Why you should care [krebsonsecurity.com] about Chronopay.

    Basically, if you've ever had to remove fake anti-virus software from a PC or a Mac, there's a good chance that Chronopay were involved somewhere.

    • That is why I don't remove those. I backup all the docs and anything important and restore the damn thing from a disk image.

  • http://f8.ifotki.info/org/56e50da471e51571d910b656c1f88b70c7309391348273.jpg
    Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov (left) with Pavel Vrublevsky (middle)

    Suspected that Pavel hired somebody to ddos another russian processing company Assist, in a quarrel over who will process electronic payments for Aeroflot (national carrier). So this all have nothing to do with malware.

  • ... and no "In soviet russia" jokes? Oh wait, this is /. not youtube. Sorrymybad.

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