Suspected Trickbot Malware Developer Faces 60 Years in Jail
A suspected member of the infamous Trickbot group has been extradited to the US, where he faces decades behind bars if found guilty.
Russian national Vladimir Dunaev, 38, made his first appearance in a federal court on Thursday after being extradited from South Korea to the Northern District of Ohio.
He’s accused of working with others to steal money and sensitive information and infecting millions of computer systems from a range of victim organizations and individuals with Trickbot malware.
Specifically, Dunaev is said to have been a malware developer for the loose coalition of freelance programmers – a role that allegedly involved managing the execution of the malware, developing popular browser modifications and helping to conceal the malware from detection by security software.
Trickbot deployed web injects and keystroke logging to steal online banking credentials, credit card numbers, emails, passwords, dates of birth, social security numbers and addresses from compromised machines, according to the Department of Justice (DoJ).
It said that hijacked bank accounts weren’t only used as a source of funds but also to launder money.
“The Trickbot malware was designed to steal the personal and financial