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  • Gozi banking Trojan author ordered to pay 69 million to his victims

    first_imgThe Gozi banking Trojan was cutting edge malware when it surfaced back in 2007. It bilked innocent people out of millions of dollars, and now one of its creators has been ordered to pay up.At its peak Gozi boasted an army of more than a million computers, at least 40,000 of which belonged to unsuspecting Americans. Cybercriminals could pay Gozi’s creators for access to a portal that helped them set up customized injections that fooled customers into handing over social security numbers and payment card details.28-year-old Nikita Kuzmin was identified as one of the Gozi crew, and he was eventually arrested in 2010 by US authorities when he came to the country to attend a conference. He remained in custody for just over three years before being released, according to Reuters, “for reasons that remain unclear.” It’s believed that he may have agreed to provide assistance to investigators to reduce the length of his sentence.Although he ended up serving less than half the prison time that officials had recommended, it turns out that wasn’t the end of Kuzmin’s punishment. He’s now being ordered to pay a fine of $6.9 million to offset Gozi victims’ losses.While it’s unlikely that he’ll ever have to fork over anywhere near the full amount, it might not be all that hard for him to come up with the money. He may, for example, just be able to hit up his old man. Kuzmin’s father is apparently Russian rock legend Vladimir Kuzmin, who some consider to be the former Soviet Union’s answer to Bruce Springsteen.last_img read more

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