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Mastermind Behind Gozi Bank Malware Charged Along With Two Others
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 02:14:50 -0600 (CST)


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The mastermind who designed and distributed the Gozi malware — infecting more than a million computers worldwide in order to steal banking and other credentials from tens of thousands of victims — has been charged in New York along with two co-conspirators, according to documents unsealed Wednesday.

Nikita Vladimirovich Kuzmin, 25, was charged along with Deniss Calovskis, 27, and Mihai Ionut Paunescu, 28. The three defendants from Eastern Europe have been charged on various counts involving bank and wire fraud, access device fraud and computer intrusion, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York.

Kuzmin, a Russian national who was arrested in the U.S. in Nov. 2010, has already pleaded guilty and spent the last two years cooperating with authorities in their investigation. Calovskis, a Latvian national, was arrested in Latvia last November. Paunescu, a Romanian, was arrested in that country last December.

Authorities say the virus infected at least 40,000 computers in the U.S., including more than 160 computers belonging to NASA, and cost victims tens of millions of dollars in losses.


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