Gozi virus Creator Have Been Arrested in Colombia


Colombian authorities have arrested a Romanian man who was charged more than eight years ago by the United States with involvement in the Gozi virus. Gozi is a Trojan horse that, according to US prosecutors, infected more than a million computers worldwide and allowed criminals to steal tens of millions of euros from bank accounts.


The creator of the Gozi virus introduced a new business model in which he did not use his creation himself, but rented it out to other cybercriminals for $500 a week to generate revenue, the prosecutor said. A model that was eventually adopted by other cybercriminals.


In early 2013, three men were charged with involvement in spreading and developing the malware in the US. The creator of the Gozi virus had already been arrested in the US in November 2010 and pleaded guilty to computer intrusion and fraud in May 2011. He was sentenced to 37 months in prison and $6.9 million in repayments.


A man from Latvia, who provided the Gozi virus with new functionality, was sentenced to 20 months in prison. De Let gave the malware the ability to run 'web injects. The bank site of the infected user is modified so that when he logs in, additional information is requested. In November 2012, the alleged virus writer was arrested by the Latvian authorities. He was extradited to the US in 2015.


The Romanian man is suspected of offering hosting services to cyber criminals. Its hosting services spread the Gozi virus and committed other cybercrimes, including the distribution of Zeus and SpyEye malware, carrying out DDOs attacks and sending spam, the indictment said. The Romanian is said to have rented the servers and IP addresses of legitimate providers and then offered them to cyber criminals.


He was already arrested by the Romanian authorities in December 2012, after which the US requested his extradition. However, the Romanian was never extradited. The Colombian authorities made it known that he was arrested at Bogotá airport. The US can now request his extradition.

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