Russian Nikita Kuzmin sentenced to 37 months in prison and payment of compensation in the amount of $6.9 million for the creation of the Gozi virus that infected more a million computers worldwide, reports Bloomberg with reference to the decision of the court of the southern district of new York. The Agency notes that the defendant read his cooperation with the authorities and do not have to assign the above sentence already served by him in prison during the investigation.
Attorney Nicole Friedlander told the judge that the motive of action Kuzmin was greed. According to her, the accused spent the stolen money on a luxury sports car and “extravagant travel and entertainment for Europe and Russia”.
The prosecuting attorney noted that Kuzmin had helped the government of the United States “substantial” assistance, but details of his cooperation with the authorities has not been made public.
Kuzmin was arrested in 2010, and in 2011 he pleaded guilty to the crime. According to the materials of the case, the defendant and two other defendants have developed a malicious program called “Gozi virus”, which allowed them to steal money from Bank accounts in Europe and the United States. The representative of the prosecution said that the damage from the activities of the defendants amounted to tens of millions of dollars.
Last year in the United States was sentenced the citizen of Latvia Denis Calovski (Calovski), which, according to the investigators, wrote some software code that allowed to penetrate the computer systems of individual banks. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 21 months in prison, which he has already served during the investigation.
The third defendant Mihai Ionut Paunescu was arrested in Romania in December 2012. According to the Federal public Prosecutor of Manhattan Prita’s Barry, he is awaiting extradition to USA.
In the case, as noted by Bloomberg, said that the virus has infected the computer of the victim, as a rule, after the victim downloads and opens the document. With the help of malware, hackers obtained data on Bank accounts of the user, including his user names and passwords.
The investigation revealed that the server that contained the stolen data contained information on 10 thousand accounts that belonged to more than 5.2 thousand people. the Prosecution noted that among the victims were more than 160 employees of NASA. The Gozi virus infected computers were also found in Germany, the UK, Poland, France, Finland, Italy and Turkey, according to the case materials.