Inspector Knacker of the Cyprus Yard has fingered the collar of a Russian who he thinks was involved in cyber attacks on Amazon and other online retailers in 2008.
According to the Seattle Times, Dmitry Olegovick Zubakha, 25, of Moscow, is charged with conspiracy to intentionally cause damage without authorisation to a protected computer and with being in possession of at least 15 unauthorised access devices.
He is also charged with aggravated identity theft in another case involving recieving stolen credit-card numbers in October 2009.
Zubakha mounted two denial of service attacks against Amazon.com on June 6 and June 9, 2008. The attacks flooded the online retailer's computers with requests to display pages with large graphics and photographs and caused the servers to crash.
Zubakha and a co-defendant, Sergey Vioktorovich Logashov had used a similar attack on ebay.com and Priceline.com.
Apparently the pair bragged of the attacks on hacker forums.
Logashov rang Priceline.com and offered his expertise as a computer consultant to stop the attack.
Coppers worked out that more than 28,000 stolen credit-card numbers had been taken by the pair in other hacks.
Zubakha also is charged with aggravated identity theft for illegally using the credit card of a Lake Stevens resident. Logashov has still not been found.
If convicted they can face 10 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine. Conviction on aggravated identity theft could add an additional mandatory two years on top of that.