Botnet operator used to work for anti-virus company

    Date24 Jan 2012
    CategoryLatest News
    Posted ByDave Wreski
    After continued investigation into the alleged operators of the Kelihos botnets, Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit has named a new defendant who it alleges used to work as a "software engineer and project manager at a company that provided firewall, antivirus and security software". This information appears in an amended complaintPDF that Microsoft filed on 23 January with the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

    Microsoft leaves open the question of which company the alleged botnet operator, named as Russian Andrey N. Sabelnikov, worked for. However, security researcher Brian Krebs points out that on his LinkedIn profile, Sabelnikov states that between 2005 and 2007 he worked as a senior system developer and project manager for Agnitum. Based in St. Petersburg, Russia, Agnitum is particularly known for its Outpost firewall and anti-virus software. According to Microsoft, Sabelnikov is currently employed as a freelancer for a company involved in software consulting and development.

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