Igor Artimovich

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Igor Artimovich
Born (1982-03-24) 24 March 1982 (age 34)
Kaliningrad Oblast, USSR
Nationality Russian
Occupation programmer, hacker
Website www.artimovich.info

Igor Artimovich (born March 24, 1982, Kaliningrad Oblast, the USSR, Russian: Игорь Артимович) is a Russian programmer, hacker, and author of a botnet named Festi.[1][2][3] He is known under the pseudonym Engel, such writing of the nickname has an origin from the name of a song of the German rock-group Rammstein.

Early years[edit]

Artimovich was born in Kalinigrad Oblast, the USSR, and at the age of 6 months with his parents he moved to Leningrad Oblast, the USSR, where he lived before the ending of high school. The first experiences in programming are connected with the Basic language and the ZX Spectrum computer.

Saint-Petersburg State University[edit]

In 1999 Artimovich entered the Saint-Petersburg State University at the faculty of Applied Mathematics, and moved to live to Saint-Petersburg. In 2004 he finished studying, having defended the thesis and having gained the diploma as "Mathematician".

Sun Microsystems[edit]

Since 2004 he worked in the Saint-Petersburg branch of the Sun Microsystems company in the department of development of the C compiler which was belonged to a set of development tools of the software named Sun Studio. Artimovich's working duties consisted in porting of the compiler of language C on the amd64 platform and realization of functionality of the compiler specific to the operating system Linux. In 2008 Artimovich left Sun Microsystems, but did not go to work to the Oracle company which carried on negotiations on acquisition of business of Sun Microsystems company.

Artimovich, in the interview given to The New York Times,[3] told that after his withdrawal from Sun Microsystems he closely was engaged in researches in the field of information security and computer viruses, and also development of his own antivirus for operating systems of Windows family, and on this soil he got acquainted with Pavel Vrublevsky, Russian businessman and financier.

Cyberattack on "Aeroflot" Airline[edit]

In summer of 2010 on the payment system serving sale of electronic tickets of "Aeroflot" airline cyberattack like "distributed denial of service" was carried out. The capacity of attack was so high that the equipment of the backbone provider of the Internet serving payment system didn't cope with it. Online sale of tickets of "Aeroflot" airline was suspended for a week.

In autumn of 2010 specialists of the anti-virus company ESET conducted research of sources of attack and drew a conclusion that attack was made with use of botnet Festi. This cyberattack drew close attention of Russian intelligence services, and as a result of expeditious development the conclusion was drawn that the founder and the owner of botnet Festi is Igor Artimovich. This conclusion is confirmed by American journalist and blogger Brian Krebs specializing on information security, in the article under the name "Who Is the ‘Festi’ Botmaster?",[2] American journalist Andrew Kramer of The New York Times newspaper in the article under the name "Online Attack Leads to Peek Into Spam Den"[3] and also by the report of specialists of ESET antivirus company at the conference "AVAR 2012" in Hang Zhou, Chine dedicated to Anti-virus Technologies and Corporate Security.[1]


  1. ^ a b Matrosov, Aleksandr (November 12–14, 2012). "Festi Botnet Analysis & Investigation" (PDF). AVAR 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Krebs, Brian (June 12, 2012). "Who Is the 'Festi' Botmaster?". Krebs On Security. 
  3. ^ a b c Kramer, Andrew (September 2, 2013). "Online Attack Leads to Peek Into Spam Den". The New York Times.