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IT Specialist Sentenced to Three Years in Jail for State Website Attacks in Rostov Region

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ByEsme Greene

Aug 2, 2023
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According to a statement from the regional FSS department, Evgeny Kotikov, an IT specialist, has been convicted in Rostov for his involvement in assisting Ukraine with DDoS attacks on the information resources of the Russian Defense Ministry and the website of the Russian president.

The press release from the Federal Security Service of Russia in the Rostov region explains that they have successfully documented and thwarted the criminal activities of an IT specialist who played a role in a computer DDoS attack organized by the Ukrainian side. The attack targeted the information systems of critical infrastructure entities in the Russian Federation.

It is noted that Evgeny Kotikov initiated his illegal activities in February 2022, supporting the Kiev regime and actively participating in the disruption of information resources belonging to the Russian Ministry of Defense and the website of the President of the Russian Federation.

In accordance with Article 274.1 of the Russian Criminal Code, the Rostov regional court has found Kotikov guilty of “unlawful influence on critical information infrastructure of the Russian Federation.”

As a result, the programmer has been sentenced to three years in a penal colony and has been fined 800,000 rubles, with the funds going to the state.

Additionally, the FSB has reported that the computer used by Kotikov in the commission of the crime has been confiscated and now belongs to the state.

The court ruling has now come into legal force, concluding the legal proceedings in this case.

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