Russian Cybercriminal Behind Attack Toolkit
Security researchers believe that a Russian software developer, who goes by the name "Paunch," is behind the Blackhole toolkit, which was first detected in 2011. There has been no official word from authorities about his arrest. The automated toolkit sold through a monthly subscription rate for about $500 a month and could also be purchased at $50 a day. It was released as a free download in 2011. A review of the popular toolkit found it was still the most active, but other toolkits have entered the market. Some security vendors say the kit has been in decline. Security firm AVG currently ranks Blackhole 24th in the world among online malware, affecting more than 36,000 websites in 218 countries.