The hacker behind the infamous Blackhole and Cool exploit kits has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
This week, the Zamoskvoretskiy Moscow court sentenced seven hackers to between five-and-a-half and eight years in prison for cybercrime offenses. According to local news outlet Tass (translation), Dmitry Fedotov, aka "Paunch," is among those convicted.
'Paunch' is the creator of the Blackhole exploit kit, which was available to cyberattackers on a rental scheme for years. The exploit kit was frequently updated with fresh web-based vulnerabilities used to poke holes in victim systems, steal credentials and spy upon targets.