Cypriot court arrests Russian accused of cybercrimes in United States
ATHENES, July 20 - RAPSI. A Cypriot court has arrested Russian citizen Dmitry Zubakha, who has been accused in the United States of committing cybercrimes, a Counselor of the Russian Embassy in Cyprus told RIA Novosti on Friday.
"Dmitry Zubakha, 25, was detained at the Pathos International Airport on July 18 after arriving from Russia," he said. "Interpol issued an international warrant for him upon the request of the United States. However, Zubakha contested his possible extradition to the United States in court yesterday. The court then placed him into 40-day custody."
He said the next hearing will be held on August 28.
Before the hearing, the United States must prepare a set of documents for his extradition.
The U.S. authorities believe Zubakha and his accomplice Sergei Logashov blocked the website Amazon.Com on several occasions in June 2008, and also stole confidential data from 28,000 accounts in October 2009.
Charges were brought by the U.S. authorities against the hackers in May 2011. However, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington Jenny A. Durkan only spoke of them on Thursday - the day after Zubakha's detention. The hackers could be sentenced to 12 years in prison in the United States and a $250,000 fine.
Logashov has not yet been detained.