Jonathan’s villain of the fortnight
Ruslan Bondars of Scan4you
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.
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