“Gozi Virus” Hacker Gets Cooperation Reward

Patricia Hurtado reports:

A Russian who admitted creating a computer virus that infected more than 1 million computers worldwide was spared from additional prison time on top of the the three years he’s already spent locked up after U.S. prosecutors lauded his cooperation with their probe.

Nikita Kuzmin, who was arrested in 2010 and pleaded guilty in 2011, was sentenced Monday to the 37 months he has served in custody. He was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan to pay $6.9 million in forfeiture and restitution.


Security experts later determined that a server which had data stolen by the virus retained 10,000 accounts belonging to more than 5,200 personal computer users, including more than 160 belonging to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, prosecutors said. Gozi also infected computers in Germany, the U.K., Poland, France, Finland, Italy and Turkey, according to the U.S.

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