A member of a Russian-speaking criminal gang that distributed the Reveton ransomware has been jailed and ordered to pay 270.000 pounds (355.000 dollars).
On Monday, the United Kingdom National Forensics Agency (NCA) said Zain Qaiser, an Essex resident and computer science student, had admitted to being a member of the criminal gang and was jailed in April after a lengthy law enforcement search.
For the past six years, 25 has been linked to what is believed to be the Russian Lurk team, where 50 suspected members and associates of 2016 were arrested. The role of the student was to display as legitimate companies buying advertising space on pornographic websites and sites for adults and these sites will actually be used for mismanagement.
Guests will be taken in by fraud domain flying malware, including the Reveton ransomware. This form of malware would try to encrypt and lock systems, disguising them as its enforcement services. law or government services. Victims will face payment requirements between $ 300 and $ 1.000, through the GreenDot MoneyPak vouchers, to decipher their devices and avoid prosecution for felony crimes.
While the team was active, it is estimated that victims were accounted for in more than 20 countries and millions of computers were infected with malware, including Reveton.
Following the arrest of 2014 and subsequent release for lack of evidence, the charges were eventually dismissed by 2017, leading to a six-year sentence. imprisonment. Qaiser admitted him blackmail, The scam, money laundering and computer abuse.
The financial accounts associated with Qaiser were eventually discovered, including an account at abroad, containing more than 100.000 pounds.
The state has now asked Qaiser to return £ 270.000 (355.000 dollars) with the sale of a Rolex £ 5000, "based on an evaluation of its available assets".
However, prosecutors estimate that Qaiser collected about £ 700,000 ($ 920,000) during his criminal case career.
Kingston Crown Court gave the student three months to give money and if he fails to do so, he will have to serve another two years in prison and the court will still be required to pay the same amount.
"This has been an extremely long and complex investigation that proves that we are using all the tools at our disposal to ensure that cybercriminals are brought to justice and cannot continue to profit from their illegal profits," says Nigel Leary. , NCA National Computer Crime Unit.
Qaiser is not the only member of the arrested Russian-speaking group. In August, former Microsoft engineer Raymond Odigie Uadiale was jailed by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) for legalizing MoneyPak payments and "cashing in" by turning the proceeds into prepaid debit cards.
Last week, Kaspersky researchers warned that networked storage devices (NASs) and backup storage devices were targeted by ransomware operators. Devices exposed directly via weak or default web interfaces credentials are accessible, using ransomware to force users to pay.
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