For 200 euros per month, a Ukrainian rented malware to cybercriminals

Currently detained in the Netherlands, the 26-year-old Ukrainian rented software to cybercriminals for $200 a month, which had to be paid in cryptocurrency. He was charged in the United States.

A Ukrainian accused of infecting millions of computers with the malicious software (“malware”) “Raccoon Infostealer” has been charged with computer and bank fraud in the United States, the United States Department of Justice announced on Tuesday.

Mark Sokolovsky, 26, is being held in the Netherlands, and the United States is seeking his extradition to their territory, the ministry added in a statement.

$200 per month

According to American justice, “Raccoon Infostealer” (“Raccoon thief of information” in French) was rented to cybercriminals for 200 dollars per month, which had to be paid in cryptocurrency.

The malware was then installed on the victim’s computer to collect personal data such as usernames, passwords, and financial information.

According to the ministry, the US Federal Police (FBI) and Italian and Dutch partners dismantled the structure behind “Raccoon Infostealer” in March 2022, and arrested Mark Sokolovsky on this occasion.

50 million identifiers

The FBI has identified more than 50 million identifiers, email addresses and credit card numbers, among others, among the stolen data.

“As the number of potential victims and the global scale of this attack show, cyber threats know no borders, which makes international cooperation all the more crucial”, commented the number 2 of the ministry Lisa Monaco.

Mark Sokolovsky is charged with computer fraud, bank fraud, money laundering and identity theft. He faces up to 20 years in prison for the counts of bank fraud and money laundering.

According to the statement, the Ukrainian national appealed a decision of a Dutch court which in September approved his extradition to the United States.

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