Convicted cybercrook stands for election in the Ukraine
At last a politician you can trust
A convicted cybercriminal has started a political party in the Ukraine.
Dmitri Ivanovich Golubov, 24, formed the Internet Party of the Ukraine shortly after the country's elections last September. The party is running on a platform of modernisation and free market economics, campaigning on issues such as rooting out public corruption and reducing bureaucracy.
It's a far cry from Golubov's role in the infamous Carderplanet.com gang, a loosely-affiliated groups of crackers that traded credit and debit card credentials that saw him imprisoned for his crimes in 2005. Golubov (AKA Script) was jailed for using Trojan horse malware to steal online banking credentials. US investigators reckon Golubov was among the principal players in the Carderplanet.com group, the Washington Post reports.
Golubov was released early from prison, having served just six months behind bars, following the intervention of a pair of influential Ukrainian politicians. He's since reinvented himself as a modernising politician interested in ideas, and not money.
If Golubov were to gain a position in the Ukrainian government, he'd gain immunity from prosecution for criminal activities under the country's constitution, the Washington Post adds. ®
@Diplomatic immunity - Anonymous Coward
Much ado about nothing - this is nothing more than cut-and-paste Italian politics.
Italian parties right, left and center have been doing that for years... and look, what a lovely country we live in...
But relax, no Italian pride over there, no IP to protect.
Pilato has a first here... can you remember "Who do you want us to set free? Jesus or Barabba?"
Note: that's not "I'll get my coat" but "A politician is stealing my money" icon
At least he will know something about data security !!
Quite unlike own home grown ones who wouldn't know security if it stood up and bit them in the backside !!
@John A Blackley
Not a contradiction in this case: he obviously made enough millions pilfering credit-card numbers that he could actually focus on ideas to improve his country.
Seriously though, if a common thief like this carder can get into politics, it's no wonder an adware/malware author like Kent Ertugrul can get into bed with an ISP or three.