Federal prosecutors have indicted Andrey Turchin, a 37-year-old citizen of Kazakhstan, on five criminal counts related to his alleged involvement in a financially motivated cybercriminal hacking collective known as Fxmsp that the Department of Justice says cost victims tens of millions of dollars.

Turchin -- who also individually goes by the alias Fxmsp -- and other members of the group have claimed compromise of more than 300 businesses, educational institutions and governments in 40 countries and sold illegal access to these victims systems for profit, the DOJ alleges.

According to a federal indictment filed in December 2018 in the Western District of Washington and unsealed just this week, the Fxmsp actors would find its victims by scanning the internet for open Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) ports and then conducting brute-force attacks on vulnerable machines. In other cases, the group would conduct targeted email phishing attacks designed to infect corporate employee with malware, the indictment continues.

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