The representative of the Ministry of Justice said that the accused offered cybercriminals an important service to circumvent cybersecurity tools

​Russian man has received 4 years in prison in the US for setting up a botnet to steal BTC

13.12.2021 - 10:10


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What’s new? Oleg Koshkin, a Russian citizen, was sentenced by a Connecticut federal court to 4 years in prison for setting up the work of the Kelihos malware. With it, the hackers infected hundreds of thousands of computers around the world in order to steal cryptocurrency.

Information on the website of the US Department of Justice

How did events develop? Oleg Koshkin was arrested in September 2019 and found guilty of cyber fraud as well as conspiracy to commit hacking attacks in the summer of 2021. The court sentenced him to 4 years in prison.

What does the investigation say? Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, said Koshkin offered cybercriminals an important service in circumventing defenses and cybersecurity.

According to the prosecutors, Koshkin worked with Peter Levashov to create a malicious system. It allowed Levashov to send spam, collect credentials, conduct denial of service attacks, and distribute ransomware.

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