By Kanishka Singh
(Reuters) – A Russian national appeared in U.S. federal court Thursday after being extradited from South Korea to Ohio to face charges over his alleged role in a cybercrime organization, the U.S. Department of Justice said .
Vladimir Dunaev, 38, was a member of a cybercrime organization that deployed a computer banking Trojan and a suite of malware called “Trickbot,” the Justice Department said.
“Trickbot has attacked businesses and victims around the world and infected millions of computers for theft and ransom, including networks of schools, banks, municipal governments and businesses in the healthcare, energy and agriculture, ”Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said.
The indictment alleges that from November 2015 until August 2020, Dunaev and others stole money, confidential information and damaged computer systems from unsuspecting victims, including private individuals , financial institutions, school districts, utility companies, government entities and private businesses. .
They allegedly used a network of co-conspirators and independent computer programmers, known as the Trickbot Group, to create, deploy and manage the Trickbot malware, which has infected millions of computer systems around the world, the DOJ added.
Dunaev is said to have performed various development functions in support of the Trickbot malware, including managing malware execution, developing browser modifications, and hiding the malware from detection by security software.
The defendants used stolen login credentials and other personal information to access online bank accounts, perform unauthorized electronic funds transfers and launder money through accounts of U.S. and foreign recipients, according to the indictment.
Dunaev was extradited from South Korea on October 20. He is charged with conspiracy to commit computer fraud and aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to commit electronic and bank fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and multiple counts of charge of electronic fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
A representative for Dunaev could not be contacted immediately.
(Report by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru, edited by Alistair Bell)