5 Members of the cyber crime network who used the GozNym malware accused of stealing around $100 million from in excess of 41,000 victims have been arrested in Bulgaria, Georgia and Ukraine as part of an investigation by Europol.
The group of 10 individuals used GozNym to focus mainly on businesses and financial institutions, with 5 remaining members of the group awaiting arrest.
A Grand Jury in Pittsburgh, USA charged the 10 members of the group with an Indictment of infecting victims computer with GozNym malware in order to capture their banking login details, using the captured details to gain unauthorised access to the victims bank accounts and stealing money from those accounts.
The operation against the Goznym gang involved cooperation between various European countries and the USA.
The Defendants had advertised their specialisms on Russian speaking online criminal forums and the GozNym network was formed when they were recruited from those forums by the leader of the network who controlled over 41,000 computers of victims using the GozNym malware.
One of the members encrypted the GozNym malware so that it would not be detected by antivirus software.
Another used the stolen banking details captured by the GozNym malware to access the victims online bank accounts and steal money from those accounts.
Other members provided money laundering services and provided other members of the GozNym group access to the bank accounts that they controlled in order to receive the funds stolen from the victims accounts.
Another member was the developer of the GozNym malware and oversaw the creation, development and leasing of the software to other cyber criminals.
A further member provided the mass distribution of the GozNym malware through the use of ‘phishing’ emails that appeared legitimate to the recipient and, when clicked, the malware was downloaded to the victims computer.
An Administrator of the Avalanche Network also provided the GozNym network with hosting. That same network is understood to have provided network services to over 200 cyber criminals and 20 different malware campaigns. That Administrator is also facing criminal charges.
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