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U.S. extradition granted for RSOCKS botnet admin

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Bulgaria has granted the extradition of RSOCKS botnet administrator Denis Kloster, also known as Denis Emelyantsev, to the U.S. following his arrest as requested by U.S. law enforcement, reports KrebsOnSecurity. Kloster was reported by Bulgarian news outlet 24Chasa.bg to have been apprehended by Bulgarian authorities in June, later seeking the Bulgarian court to allow for him to be brought to U.S. to face his charges. "America is looking for me because I have enormous information and they need it. Thats why they want me," said Kloster at his extradition hearing, according to 24Chasa. Industrial control systems, routers, computers, and Android devices have been targeted by the RSOCKS botnet, which emerged in 2013 and was disrupted in June following an international operation. The U.S. Justice Department noted that the takedown involved a search warrant from the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Southern District of California, which was also the basis for the arrest of Kloster.

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