Vyacheslav Khaimov, age 55, of Brooklyn, NY pled guilty to the operation of an unlicensed money transmitting
Vyacheslav Khaimov, age 55, of Brooklyn, NY pled guilty to the operation of an unlicensed money transmitting

A Brooklyn man pleaded guilty in a federal court for his part in a nearly $1.2 million banking malware heist.

Vyacheslav Khaimov, age 55, of Brooklyn, N.Y., copped to operating an unlicensed money transmitting, according to a Feb. 3 Justice Department press release.

Khaimov was part of a that scheme involved the use of malware to gain access to victim's bank accounts in order to transfer funds through a network of individuals who, in turn, further transmitted the money, or portions of the money, either to additional U.S.-based intermediaries or directly overseas.  

“Modern-day bank robbers no longer need a gunman and a getaway driver,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney said in the release. “Today, they just need a malware operator and money mules to carry out their crime from anywhere in the world.”