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The FBI has arrested an Israeli man for allegedly trying to take down the computers of Salt Lake City-based online retailer Overstock.com, according to a court case unsealed Monday in federal court.
Kirill Alekseyevich Chudinov was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York in early August after arriving there on a flight, according to court records.
Chudinov is accused of violating a federal law that prohibits what are known as denial of service attacks in which computers are bombarded with various commands or requests in order to crash or interrupt them.
He was arrested earlier this month after an investigation by Overstock.com and the FBI revealed Chudinov was allegedly behind the attacks from October of last year into 2015.
The FBI linked gmail addressed to Chudinov and found an article he had written whose title was translated as, "How to bring down every third site from your laptop," according to court documents. An agent also viewed his Linkedin page that describes him as an independent program development professional from Israel."
He was arrested on Aug. 6 and released on a $50,000 bond. Chudinov's passport was confiscated. He is living in San Francisco and a judge ordered him not to travel beyond northern California or Utah without permission.