Alleged Cybercrime Kingpin Who Tried To Steal $100 Million From 44,000 PCs Arrested


A cyber kingpin who masterminded a criminal conspiracy that broke into 44,000 computers and likely stole millions of dollars has been apprehended, the FBI and global law enforcement partners claimed Thursday morning.

The GozNym operation was simple but successful: hack into Windows PCs, wait for users to enter banking passwords into their browser and hoover them up. They’d then break into users’ bank accounts and attempt to shift funds to their own accounts. They tried to pilfer $100 million in total, but it’s unclear just how much they successfully transferred.

Alexander Konovolov and his alleged accomplice, Marat Kazandjian, are now being prosecuted in Georgia for their alleged part in the so-called GozNym criminal network, Europol and the FBI confirmed. The U.S. also unsealed an indictment charging ten members for being part of the GozNym crew. According to the U.S., Konovolov assembled the team of cybercriminals charged and Kazandjian carried out the technical aspects of that operation.

Read more at FORBES.



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