Pennsylvania News: Moldovan, Andrey Ghinkul Sentenced for Distributing Multifunction Malware Package

Pennsylvania News: Moldovan, Andrey Ghinkul Sentenced for Distributing Multifunction Malware Package

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A resident of Moldova has been sentenced in federal court to time served on his conviction of conspiracy and damaging a computer, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Bissoon imposed the sentence on Andrey Ghinkul, aka Andrei Ghincul, aka Smilex, 31, of Moldova. Ghinkul had been arrested in Cyprus in August of 2015 and extradited to the United States in February 2016.

According to information presented to the court, the defendant was part of a criminal conspiracy that disseminated the Bugat malware, used malware to steal banking credentials, and then used the stolen credentials to initiate fraudulent electronic funds transfers of millions of dollars from the victims’ bank accounts.

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