Colombian authorities on Wednesday said they have arrested a Romanian hacker who is wanted in the U.S. for distributing a virus that infected more than a million computers from 2007 to 2012. Paunescu was previously charged by the U.S. Department of Justice in January 2013 for operating a bulletproof hosting service that "Enabled cyber criminals to distribute the Gozi Virus, the Zeus Trojan and other notorious malware, and conduct other sophisticated cyber crimes." He was arrested in Romania in December 2012 but managed to avoid extradition to the U.S. "Through this service, Paunescu, like other bulletproof hosts, knowingly provided critical online infrastructure to cyber criminals that allowed them to commit online criminal activity with little fear of detection by law enforcement," the DoJ said in an unsealed indictment.
The troika was wanted for allegedly operating a bank-raiding crimeware "Service" known as Gozi, based on zombie malware that used a technique known as HTML injection to trick victims into revealing personal information relating to their on-line banking. But if you can plant malware on the victim's PC, you can use what's known as an MiTB attack, or "Manipulator in the browser".
Colombian officials say they have arrested a Romanian hacker who is wanted in the U.S. for distributing a virus that infected more than a million computers from 2007 to 2012. Mihai Ionut Paunescu faces computer intrusion and banking fraud charges in New York, where prosecutors say he was part of a ring of criminals that developed and spread the "Gozi" virus and other forms of malware that were used to steal money from bank accounts.
Nikita Kuzmin, the creator of the Gozi malware, was sentenced on Monday in Manhattan federal court to time served (37 months). He was also ordered to pay nearly $7 million in restitution. Kuzmin,...