Three Charged Over Gozi Virus

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Three Charged Over Gozi Virus


Three men from Russia, Latvia, and Romania have been indicted in the United States for creating and spreading the Gozi virus, designed to steal banking information from victims.

The LA Times reports that Nikita Kuzmin, Deniss Calovskis, and Mihai Paunescu are accused of programming the virus, creating various “injects” such as fake bank login pages, and making the virus available for distribution via spam email and maliciously crafted PDF documents. At least 40 000 computers in the United States were infected along with others in Turkey, Poland, Finland, and other countries.

Among the American victims was apparently NASA, where 190 computers were infected with the Gozi virus between 2007 and 2012.