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Apr 15, 2019 3:53 PM 1+ week ago

Federal jury convicts malware creators of hijacking 400,000 computers

A federal jury has convicted two Romanian men of 21 criminal charges related to a long-running scheme designed to infect computers with malware in an effort to steal credit card data, mine cryptocurrency, and commit online auction fraud, among other crimes.

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced via a press release that Bogdan Nicolescu and Radu Miclaus of Bucharest, Romania, were convicted by a federal jury on Thursday, April 11.

Referred to as a "criminal conspiracy" in the press release, the scheme lasted a little over a decade and involved Nicolescu, Miclaus, and an unnamed third-party who plead guilty.

The scheme started in 2007 with the development and circulation of their malware. According to the DOJ, the malware was spread through emails "purporting to be legitimate from such entities as Western Union, Norton AntiVirus and the IRS." As expected, the unsuspecting ...

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