(Reuters) – Police in six countries have phased out a complex network of cybercrime network run from Eastern Europe and exterminated victims – including small businesses and charities – of about $ 100 million, police said in Europe on Thursday.
The GozNym network, led by a man from Tbilisi, Georgia, used phishing emails to infect computers of more than 41,000 malware victims. Specialized members of the group in Bulgaria and Ukraine then seized control of the victims' online bank accounts and transferred their funds to the wash accounts.
Ten of the network members have been the subject of conspiracy to steal internet banking information and deposits during an American grand jury's accusation.
"The victims included mom and pop business …, law firms, international companies, … non-profit organizations working with disabled children," US lawyer Scott Brady told a press conference in The Hague. [1
GozNym presented the Georgian leader, a Russian software developer, encryption experts in Moldova and Kazakhstan, "Account Acquisition Specialists" in Bulgaria and Ukraine, as well as various spammers, money launderers and "mules" (money carriers).
The defendants allegedly announced their specialized technical skills and services on subway, Russian-speaking online forums.
The business against the group began in 2016 with a German-led action in Ukraine that closed the network servers.
The alleged leader is prosecuted in Georgia. Other prosecutions are underway in Moldova, Ukraine and the US
Five Russians accused in the US accusation, including the man accused of developing malware, remain largely, according to Europol.