A US court has found Romanian hackers Bogdan Nicolescu and Radu Miklaus guilty of creating a botnet, stealing personal data and illegal mining on users ‘ devices.
It is reported that Bogdan Nicolescu and Radu Miclaus were part of the Romanian hacker group Bayrob Group. Its history began in 2007, when hackers created a virus and spread it through email. After infection, the virus sent copies to the email addresses found in the contacts of users of the infected computer. More than 400,000 computers were infected, which were later used for mining cryptocurrencies.
Investigators found that in addition to mining, hackers sold information found on users ‘ computers via the darknet. According to law enforcement officials, the actions of the attackers resulted in damage of $4 million.
Bogdan Nicolescu received 20 years in prison, and Radu Miklaus was sentenced to 18 years in prison. They were found guilty of 21 counts, including fraud, money laundering and so on.
“Today’s sentences reflect the rapidly changing structure of criminal groups. International criminals use sophisticated methods in cyberspace to deceive unsuspecting victims anywhere in the world,” said FBI special agent Eric Smith.
Western Australia state police recently announced
about the confiscation of 1.52 million Australian dollars (about $1 million) in cryptocurrencies from detainees on drug trafficking charges.