One of the hot topics over the last months has been the continuing DDoS & extortion attacks against mostly UK-based gambling sites.
According to a recent article in The Financial Times (titled "Internet gambling extortion racket broken up"), three men in their early 20s were arrested in raids in Russia.
Apparently they were launching big DDoS attacks from botnets against gambling sites, then emailing them and asking $50,000 for not doing it again.
The extortion money was rerouted to Russia via Caribbean and Latvia, but nevertheless the UK police was able to trace it, leading eventually to the arrests.
So...so far, the year looks pretty good:
Month Country July Russia: Three DDoS hackers arrested June Hungary: Magold virus author sentenced June Finland: VBS/Lasku virus author arrested May Taiwan: Peep backdoor author arrested May Canada: Randex variant author arrested May Germany: Agobot variant author arrested May Germany: Sasser & Netsky author arrested