Jonathan’s vil­lain of the fort­night

Rus­lan Bon­dars of Scan4you

Computer Active (UK) - - News -

Here’s a lit­tle story. Once upon a time in Latvia, there lived a help­ful young chap called Rus­lan. He felt sorry for all the busy, over­worked mal­ware cre­ators of the world and de­cided to co-cre­ate a counter-an­tivirus (CAV) web­site called Scan4you (pic­tured), to help them make sure their viruses and other nasty pro­grams could evade se­cu­rity soft­ware.

Cy­ber-crooks could upload sam­ples of their ma­li­cious code to the site, which would an­a­lyse them against the lat­est se­cu­rity tools. Rus­lan’s site helped cre­ate lots of mal­ware, in­clud­ing the Ci­tadel bot­net, used to hack the US re­tail com­pany Tar­get in 2013 and steal mil­lions of users’ credit-card de­tails.

Then one day the FBI found out what Rus­lan was do­ing and ex­tra­dited him to the US. He’s now been pros­e­cuted on two counts of fraud, and one count of “com­puter in­tru­sion with in­tent to cause dam­age”.

This story has a happy end­ing (for us at least). Rus­lan now faces up to 35 years in prison. The End.

Want to nom­i­nate a vil­lain of the fort­night? Email us at edi­tor@com­put­er­ac­tive.co.uk

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