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'Miami' vice hacker fights extradition to U.S.
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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 LETA.

“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 ambassador explains.

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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