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United-States-V-Sergiy-Usatyuk

United States v. Sergiy P. Usatyuk –Victim Information Page

Case No. 5:18-CR-00461-BO

Defendant: Sergiy P. Usatyuk

Scheduled Court Hearing:

Sentencing in November 1, 2019 term

Court hearing will be held in U.S. District Court for Eastern District of North Carolina

Brief Description:

On February 27, 2019, Sergiy P. Usatyuk, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to cause damage to internet-connected computers for his role in owning, administering, and supporting illegal booter services that launched millions of illegal DDoS attacks against victim computer systems in the United States and elsewhere.  The illegal services included ExoStress.in, (“ExoStresser”), QuezStresser.com, Betabooter.com (“Betabooter”), Databooter.com, Instabooter.com, Polystress.com, and Zstress.net.

According to the criminal information, Usatyuk combined with a co-conspirator to develop, control and operate a number of booter services and booter-related websites from around August 2015 through November 2017 that launched millions of DDoS attacks that disrupted the internet connections of targeted victim computers, rendered targeted websites slow or inaccessible, and interrupted normal business operations. For instance, as of Sept. 12, 2017, ExoStresser advertised on its website (exostress.in) that its booter service alone had launched 1,367,610 DDoS attacks, and caused targeted victim computer systems to suffer 109,186.4 hours of network downtime.

Crime Victims' Rights Act, Title 18, United States Code, Section 3771:

(1) The right to be reasonably protected from the accused;

(2) The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public court proceeding, or any parole proceeding, involving the crime or of any release or escape of the accused;

(3) The right not to be excluded from any such public court proceeding, unless the court, after receiving clear and convincing evidence, determines that testimony by the victim would be materially altered if the victim heard other testimony at that proceeding;

(4) The right to be reasonably heard at any public proceeding in the district court involving release, plea, sentencing, or any parole proceeding;

(5) The reasonable right to confer with the attorney for the Government in the case;

(6) The right to full and timely restitution as provided in law;

(7) The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay;

(8) The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim's dignity and privacy;

(9) The right to be informed in a timely manner of any plea bargain or deferred prosecution agreement; and

(10) The right to be informed of the rights under this section and the services described in section 503(c) of the Victims' Rights and Restitution Actof 1990 (34 U.S.C. 20141(c)) and provided contact information for the Office of the Victims' Rights Ombudsman of the Department of Justice.

Contact FBI

If you believe that you were a victim of the charged offense or have any additional questions, please contact the Cyber Division of FBI’s local office in Raleigh, North Carolina at RaleighCyber@fbi.gov.

Other Documents

DE-1 - Criminal Information

DE-14 – Waiver of Indictment

Other Resources

Victim Witness Assistance (https://www.justice.gov/usao-ednc/victim-witness-assistance)

Press Release (https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-operator-illegal-booter-services-pleads-guilty-conspiracy-commit-computer-damage-and)

Updated September 24, 2019

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