Although it cannot be confirmed that the pair arrested were those behind the Skynet botnet, the author hasn’t tweeted since the alleged arrest and multiple sources who have worked closely with him have confirmed he was arrested. The story syncs up with the skynet author’s operations such as selling banking information, mining bitcoin, using modified malware, and running a porn site.
A day prior to the alleged arrest the author appeared to be working on upgrading the Skynet malware to use a modified version of the leaked carberp bootkit, allowing the malware to start before antiviruses and run with kernel mode privileges.
According to researchers at botconf, GData have confirmed the arrest is that of the Skynet author.
A single tweet was posted from @skynetbnet’s twitter account stating that the authorities had the wrong guy, no tweets have been made since. It would seem the tweet is an automated message or he requested a friend post it in the event of his arrest. Multiple people have in fact confirmed that the Skynet author has been arrested.
You have the wrong guy. Use this tweet as evidence to do the right thing and release him.
— Hacklemore (@skynetbnet) 5 декабря 2013