Blackhole malware toolkit creator ‘Paunch’ suspect arrested

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Oct 09, 2013 10:48 pm PST

Russian authorities have arrested a man believed to be the creator of the malicious software kit Blackhole.

On Tuesday, reports suggested that a suspect, known in hacking circles as ‘Paunch,’ was arrested by Russian police. The source is a former Russian police detective in contact with Russia’s federal government.

A tweet from Maarten Boone, a security researcher at Fox-IT, a Dutch security firm quickly took over Twitter, resulting in 24 hours of confusion and a lack of detail.

However, two pieces of evidence suggested that updates for the kit had indeed stalled.

Security researcher Kafeine, who has been tracking Blackhole, showed that while Paunch usually updates the malicious Java applet once or twice a day, nothing has been altered in over four days.