Russian national extradited to US over cybercrimes

19:18, 29 October 2021
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A Russian national from the region of Yakutsk was extradited from South Korea to Ohio where he appeared in court over charges concerning his participation in a cybercriminal organization.

The name of the alleged criminal is Vladimir Dunaev and he is 38-years-old.

According to prosecutors he is guilty of being part of a cybercrime organization that developed a malware which is known as Trickbot the aim of which is to steal banking details and credentials.

“Trickbot attacked businesses and victims across the globe and infected millions of computers for theft and ransom, including networks of schools, banks, municipal governments, and companies in the health care, energy, and agriculture sectors,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said in a statement.

“This is the second overseas Trickbot defendant arrested in recent months, making clear that, with our international partners, the Department of Justice can and will capture cyber criminals around the world. This is another success for the Department’s recently launched Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force in dismantling ransomware groups and disrupting the cybercriminal ecosystem that allows ransomware to exist and to threaten our critical infrastructure,” she added.

Dunaev considerably played the role of an executive manager whose functions included the development of the trojan and helping make it undetectable to special security software.

The trojan stole banking information and then transmitted it by laundering through the US and other foreign countries. 

Among the charges which were presented against Dunaev are conspiracy to commit computer fraud as well as identity theft and bank fraud.

“This indictment reflects the dynamic landscape in which international criminals utilize sophisticated cyber methods to take advantage of and defraud, unsuspecting victims anywhere in the world,” Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cleveland Field Office Eric Smith said in a statement. 

This multiyear investigation demonstrates the commitment by the FBI to aggressively pursue these individuals despite the complexity and global character cyber investigations can so often bring,” he added.