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Russian Hacker Who Stole From Banks Ordered to Pay $7 Million

Russian Hacker Who Stole From Banks Ordered to Pay $7 Million

May 03, 2016Swati Khandelwal
A Russian man who spent about 3 years behind bars in the United States has been spared further prison time but ordered to pay $7 Million to cover damages he caused to banks using a vicious computer virus. Nikita Vladimirovich Kuzmin was arrested in 2010 and imprisoned in August 2011 for developing a sophisticated computer malware called Gozi and infecting more than 1 million computers worldwide, causing tens of millions of dollars in losses. Kuzmin was sentenced Monday to the 37 months he has already served in custody, and ordered to pay $6,934,979 that authorities have identified as the damages experienced by two major Banks, one located in the U.S. and the other in Europe, Department of Justice says . Kuzmin received a lighter sentence due to his "substantial assistance" in the investigation that resulted in the conviction of Latvian national Deniss Calovskis as well as the arrest of Romanian Mihai Ionut Paunescu, who is awaiting extradition to the United States.
Russian Hackers Behind Gozi Malware charged for Infecting Millions users

Russian Hackers Behind Gozi Malware charged for Infecting Millions users

January 26, 2013Mohit Kumar
The mastermind Russian Hackers who coded and distributed the Gozi malware,  Nikita Vladimirovich Kuzmin , 25 was charged along with Deniss Calovskis, 27, and Mihai Ionut Paunescu, 28 for infecting more than a million computers worldwide in order to steal banking and other credentials from tens of thousands of victims. They may face a maximum penalty of 95, 60 and 67 years in prison, respectively. Kuzmin allegedly created the Gozi program in 2005, hiring a programmer to write the source code and then leasing it to other criminal customers. According to latest reports , Nikita has agreed to cooperate with the United States. As potential evidence, the feds have been able to retrieve 51 servers in Romania as well as laptops, desktops and external hard drives. The data seized amounts to 250 terabytes. Paunescu, a Romanian national who went by the name " Virus " operated a bulletproof hosting service that provided criminal customers with servers and IP addresses from which to s
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