A three-year-old investigation and prosecution of cybercriminals aligned with the multinational GozNym network resulted last week in the sentencing of a Bulgaria resident in a Pittsburgh federal court. In a related action, a Tbilisi, Georgia court handed down prison sentences of seven and nine years to two Georgian members of the group, following a lengthy trial.
In the Pittsburgh case, U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer ruled that Krasimir Nikolov, 47, will be sent back to Bulgaria three years after already serving more than 39 months in a U.S. prison. In September 2016, Nikolov was arrested in Bulgaria, from which authorities extradited him to the U.S. for prosecution on charges of criminal conspiracy, computer fraud and bank fraud.
The country of Georgia was not among the countries that were victimized by the GozNym network, which in 2015 and 2016 infected roughly 41,000 computers with banking malware and stole approximately $100 million from victims. However, the former Soviet nation cooperated in successfully prosecuting two of its residents: Alexander Konovolov, known as “NoNe,” or “none_1,” and Marat Kazandjian, known as “phant0m.” Konovolov was identified as the primary organizer and leader of the GozNym network, while Kazandjian was Konovolov’s primary assistant and technical administrator.
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