Lat­vians in­dicted over mal­ware ser­vice

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

Two men from Latvia ran a mal­ware ser­vice that has been in op­er­a­tion for over a decade and used in ma­jor at­tacks against U.S. busi­nesses, ac­cord­ing to an in­dict­ment un­sealed Wed­nes­day in fed­eral court in Alexan­dria.

The men, Rus­lans Bon­dars and Jurijs Mar­ti­sevs, along with a co-con­spir­a­tor iden­ti­fied only as “Z.S.” of Great Falls, Va., de­signed hack­ing soft­ware that they mar­keted on cy­ber­crime web­sites, ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors.

The hid­den ser­vice was ac­ces­si­ble via the en­crypted net­work Tor and has been op­er­a­tional since late 2006, pros­e­cu­tors said. The tools they sold in­clude “some of the most prolific mal­ware known to the Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion,” ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment, and the soft­ware “has been used in ma­jor com­puter in­tru­sions com­mit­ted against Amer­i­can busi­nesses.” It had at least 30,000 users, ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors.

The in­dict­ment does not de­tail which busi­nesses al­legedly were im­pacted by the mal­ware, or what dam­age was done by the at­tacks.

AP/The Her­ald-Pal­la­dium/DON CAMP­BELL

Daniel Daniel (left) and Alan Selvidge, mem­bers of the Deep Fried Pickle Project, per­form Wed­nes­day as part of the Brown Bag Con­cert Se­ries at the John E.N. Howard Band­shell in down­town St. Joseph, Mich.

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