You know I always get the impression that hackers and cyber criminals simply get away with what they do, and they simply hide in the vast spaces of the Internet. However, that does not seem to be the case as three Europeans are now charged for having created and spread the Gozi virus. In between 2005 and 2011 this virus infected more than a million computers worldwide, extorting personal information and stealing millions of dollars. A Latvian, a Romanian and a Russian are now being prosecuted for having run a “modern-day bank robbery ring, that required neither a gun or a mask”.
The 25-year-old Russian national, Nikita Kuzmin, pleaded guilty to the charges back in May 2011, while the extradition procedures for Mihai Ionut Paunescu (28) from Romania and Deniss Calovskis (27) from Latvia are already being undertaken.
The news goes on to say that at one time more than 190 computers at Nasa. It is genuinely disturbing considering that Gozi is a banking virus that targets financial information, but it managed to get into Nasa computers as well. What is more, according to government officials these hackers managed to make as much as $50 million in illegal profits. Mr Preet Bharara, who’s the US attorney in this case, said that “This case should serve as a wake-up call to banks and consumers alike because cybercrime remains one of the greatest threats we face, and it is not going away anytime soon.”
And you know what, he is 100% right. Perhaps finally the general public will understand how dangerous cyber criminals are, because so far it seems they think that online bank frauds is something that “happens to everyone else but me”.