Ukrainian national Denys Iarmak, who was allegedly a member of the FIN7 hacking group, is poised to enter a guilty plea for his involvement in fraudulent activity that resulted in the theft of over $1 billion around the world, CyberScoop reports.
Iarmak, who has been charged for aggravated identity theft, intentional protected computer damage and wire fraud, plans to change his non-guilty plea at a May 2020 hearing, according to a notification from his lawyers to a Washington state federal court. A plea deal has also been agreed upon by the lawyers but it remains unclear on which charges Iarmak intends to plead guilty to.
The imminent plea change from Iarmak comes after his alleged associates Fedir Hladyr and Andrii Kolpakov were sentenced to 10 years and seven years imprisonment, respectively. Hladyr was convicted of managing the hacking group's instant messaging service used for real-time communication, while Kolpakov was found guilty of supervising hackers.
New attacks by Chinese state-backed threat operation Camaro Dragon, which overlaps with Mustang Panda, have involved the novel Go-based TinyNote malware, which creates various persistency tasks to ensure host access despite its lacking sophistication, according to The Hacker News.
News media organizations, academic entities, and think tanks have been warned by U.S. and South Korean intelligence agencies regarding the cyberespionage attacks by North Korean state-sponsored hacking operation Kimsuky, also known as TA406 and Thallium, reports The Record, a news site by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.