The three, Nikita Kuzmin -25, Deniss Calovskis-27, and Mihai Ionut Paunescu -27 from Russia, Latvia, and Romania respectively. They were the suspects of the development and distribution of the malware that steals bank account details. All charged in a Manhattan federal court.
According to the US Department of Justice, the malware had infected computers worldwide and sneaks tens of millions of dollars.
Cyber criminals have their own contribution of the malware. Kuzmin is believed to have developed the malware, Calovskis, contributed to Gozi’s development, and Paunescu ran the “bulletproof” hosting service used to distribute the malicious sotware.
Large part of the spreading was through attaching PDF file that will then infects the system of the victim if opened.
If found guilty Kuzmin will face 95 year in prison, Calovskis 67 years and Paunescu for 60 years.
“This long-term investigation uncovered an alleged international cybercrime ring whose far-reaching schemes infected at least one million computers worldwide and 40,000 in the U.S., and resulted in the theft or loss of tens of millions of dollars,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge George Venizelos said.
“Banking Trojans are to cyber criminals what safe-cracking or acetylene torches are to traditional bank burglars – but far more effective and less detectable. The investigation put an end to the Gozi virus.”
The malware steals confidential information like usernames, passwords, and other essential data.