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NeverQuest malware author pleads guilty in U.S. court

Stanislav Lisov, a 33-year-old Russian national who created the NeverQuest banking trojan, pleaded guilty in a Manhattan federal court.

Lisov a.k.a “Black,” a.k.a “Blackf," copped to one count of conspiracy to commit computer hacking for his role in creating the family of banking trojans responsible for millions of dollars’ worth of attempts by hackers to steal money out of victims’ bank accounts, according to a DOJ press release.

“In addition to creating and maintaining a botnet infected with NeverQuest malware, Stanislav Lisov, a Russian national, gathered personally identifiable information of NeverQuest victims and discussed illegally trafficking that information,” FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said in the release.

Between June 2012 and January 2015 Lisov was responsible for key aspects of the creation and administration of a network of victim computers and even personally harvested login information from unwitting victims of the malware.

He was arrested on Jan. 13, 2017, in Spain and was extradited to the United States Jan. 19, 2018. Lisov’s charges carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison and his sentencing is scheduled for June 27, 2019 before Judge Caproni.

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