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Exploit Kit Phoenix’s Developer Caught, Report Russian Police

Russian cops lately arrested 23-yr-old Andrey Alexandrov, the man going by the handle AlexUdakov on many online forums, under the accusation he developed the infamous attack toolkit called Phoenix, thus published v3.co.uk dated April 8, 2013.

Actually, Phoenix's creator was found selling the attack toolkit for a minimum $2,200 cost via an online black market, authorities say. Similar to other attack toolkits, Phoenix abuses browser-related security flaws within unprotected and obsolete browser plug-in editions such as those of Adobe Reader and Flash, and Java.

One fresh investigation report that Krebsonsecurity's Brian Krebs, security researcher as well as writer published reveals that AlexUdakov belonged to the Darkode forum's member group, the forum recently known to have lost its administrator accounts to cyber-hackers that enabled the intruders for acquiring admission into the administrators' private messages. Thehackernews.com published this dated April 8, 2013.

The hackers managed to see the entire database and profiles belonging to Darkode members, along with their private e-mail ids, among which AlexUdakov's id 'nrew89@gmail.com' was included.

Additional investigation revealed that Alexandrov had the same e-mail id while profiled across 'Vkontakte' the Russian social-networking website. Presently, he's residing inside a small apartment sized 365-sq-ft with his family (wife and kid) at Yoshkar-Ola, Russia.

Moreover, he belongs to member groups of several websites and forums in Russian language that solely talk about guns. These sites include popgun.ru and talk.guns.ru. Then he was further spotted on exploit.in, one more criminal site on which he sold his Phoenix, spanning several months, till about July 2012 following which till February this year (2013), he became quiet from his account.

Importantly, Researcher Krebs drew attention to a lately published online writing related to Alexandrov that asserted Russian cops detained AlexUdakov the Phoenix developer during 2012 summer on accusation pertaining to both gun and cyber offences.

In case correct, the detention may derail further growth on an up-coming hacking forum for Phoenix. Attack toolkits, which are created for working as mechanized assault bases, essentially consist of several scripts that examine a target machine followed with carrying out exploit processes that let malware programs to be installed, published v3.co.uk.

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