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Russian man faces US charges related to Citadel malware

AP  |  Atlanta (US) 

Federal prosecutors in say a Russian man appeared in on charges related to malicious software designed to steal personal financial information.

US Attorney John Horn said in a release that Mark Vartanyan, known as Kolypto, appeared in yesterday following extradition from in December. Vartanyan faces a computer charge.

Prosecutors say Vartanyan was involved in the development, improvement, maintenance and distribution of Citadel, which infects computer systems and steals financial and personal identification information. Industry estimates indicate it infected about 11 million computers worldwide and caused more than USD 500 million in losses.

Another Russian, Dimitry Belorossov, known as Rainerfox, was sentenced in September 2015 to serve four and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from an ongoing investigation into Citadel.

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First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 02:57 IST