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Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet by Joseph Menn

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THE DAY OF ACTION
ANDY CROCKER AND IGOR YAKOVLEV planned to make arrests in three cities on July 20, 2004. They scrambled fifteen officers and set their top target as Ivan Maksakov. The hacker lived in Balakovo, a small city on the Volga River. Target No. 2 was Denis Stepanov, to the northwest in St. Petersburg, whom they had seen in online contact with Maksakov. And third, they wanted to raid a house in Pyatigorsk, farther south than Balakovo and just seventy miles from the border with Georgia. The house belonged to a couple, Timur Arutchev and Maria Zarubina. Those two, and Timur’s brother Yan Arutchev, were believed to have shared the online identity Stran, which received the extortion payoffs. Following the money-laundering arrests in ...

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