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'Miami' vice hacker fights extradition to U.S.
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 04:15:21 -0500 (CDT)
The Baltic Times
Apr 17, 2013
RIGA - Latvian cyber-crime suspect Deniss Calovskis is innocent until proven
guilty, but the charges against him are very serious, U.S. Ambassador to Latvia
Mark Pekala said, commenting on the so-called ‘Riga hacker affair,’ reports
“Taking into account his possible participation in these crimes, Calovskis has
been charged with fraud and large scale cyber-theft with the aim of obtaining
bank account information, by the United States. The virus which was created by
Calovskis and his accomplices infected over a million computers throughout the
world, and 40,000 computers in the U.S., causing tens of millions [of dollars]
in damages for companies, state institutions and private individuals,” the
Pekala admitted that the U.S. is clearly interested in the charges against
Calovskis, which are inside U.S. jurisdiction.
“Our banks and our residents were victims of this crime. Both Latvian and U.S.
law have been taken into account in this case. In the near future, the Cabinet
of Ministers will decide whether to extradite Calovskis to the U.S. to face
prosecution. If he is extradited, he will face court proceedings in the U.S.
according to U.S. laws and processes,” the ambassador said.
Pekala added that since 2006, the United States has extradited three people to
Latvia, while in 2012 a Latvian citizen was extradited to the United States.
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