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10 in Eastern Europe Are Charged in Malware Attacks in the U. S.

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The attacks enabled criminals to take control of infected computers and plunder victims’ bank accounts remotely, the authorities said.
Ten people have been charged in malicious software attacks on tens of thousands of computers that caused more than $100 million in financial losses, authorities in the United States and Europe said on Thursday.
The malware, which enabled criminals in Eastern Europe to take control remotely of infected computers and plunder victims’ bank accounts, focused on a Washington law firm, a Texas church, a California furniture business and a Mississippi casino, among others, the Justice Department said.
The defendants are from six countries and several of them are awaiting prosecution in Europe. An 11th defendant in a related case was extradited to the United States from Bulgaria in 2016 and pleaded guilty last month in federal court in Pittsburgh. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug.

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