Russian sentenced to four-and-a-half years in U.S. prison for ‘Citadel’ malware


A Russian national was sentenced on Tuesday to 4-1/2 years in U.S. prison for using sophisticated malware known as “Citadel” to try to steal banking information from thousands of computers, authorities said. Dimitry Belorossov, 22, of St. Petersburg, had pleaded guilty in July 2014 to one count of conspiring to commit computer fraud for his role in a $500 million global cyber crime scheme that infected more than 11 million computers worldwide. Criminals installed the malware through malicious attachments contained in spam emails and other means.

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