A young hacker arrested earlier this week was identified by his email provider, ProtonMail, after he decided to attack DDoS in the service. George Duke Cohan, aged 19 years, found guilty this time in 3 different courts.
Known with the aliases 7R1D3N7, DoubleParallax and optcz1, Duke Cohan was an active member of Apophis Squad, which decided to launch a DDoS attack on ProtonMail, an email provider based on Sweden. This was the first mistake of Apophis Squad, as it was the reason why the ProtonMail cyber security team started an investigation.
"In this endeavor, we have been helped by many professionals in cybersecurity, who are also users of our platform. Finally, as it turned out, the Apophis Squad, that is, they will never find them, did not really come out. It also turned out that some of Apophis's servers were not only not well insured, but some of them had already been broken, leaking their information online.
"By linking some of our findings, we soon found out that some of Apophis Squad members were active users of Apophis Squad. This was confirmed a little later by various agencies that contacted us. We have also learned that Apophis's goals in the past have been made by several public agencies in different countries. "
All of the data led to Duke Cohan, who was recognized as a member of Apophis, in the first week of August.
The British police delayed his arrest in their effort to collect more data for other members of the Apophis Squad, which they did not.
Finally, he began his arrest when he said he was bombing an airplane flight to San Francisco, but also sent emails warning about bombs in several schools.
ProtonMail said it would continue to provide the freedom it already provides to all users worldwide. However, it will never allow its use service of criminal activities, but also that if it receives an attack, it will not be frustrated.