Russian national allegedly behind TrickBot malware extradited to US, makes court appearance

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Oct 28, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP

Vladimir Dunaev, a Russian national accused of being part of the group behind the notorious TrickBot malware, appeared in federal court in Ohio on Thursday after being extradited from South Korea.

Dunaev is facing several charges related to computer fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and identity theft. He pleaded not guilty and could face up to 60 years in prison if convicted of all charges.

The TrickBot malware, which dates back to at least 2016, was originally a Trojan that allowed attackers to steal financial data. But it evolved over time into a “highly modular, multi-stage malware that provides its operators a full suite of tools to conduct a myriad of illegal cyber activities,” the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said in a notice earlier this in March.

Three months after that CISA notice, U.S. prosecutors unsealed an indictment alleging that a Latvian woman, Alla Witte, developed the code behind the malware. She was arrested in Miami in February and arraigned in federal court in Cleveland in June.

“This is the second overseas Trickbot defendant arrested in recent months, making clear that, with our

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