Hackers responsible for SpyEye botnet toolkit sentenced to nearly 25 years in prison

By Shawn Knight ยท 7 replies
Apr 22, 2016
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  1. An Atlanta judge has sentenced two international hackers to a combined 24 years in prison for their roles in creating and distributing the SpyEye botnet creation kit.

    Aleksandr Andreevich Panin, a 27-year-old Russian national that went by the name “Gribodemon,” was picked up by authorities at an Atlanta-area airport on July 1, 2013, and pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire and bank fraud several months later. According to the Department of Justice, Panin was the core developer and distributor of the botnet toolkit. He received a sentence of nine years, six months in prison that will be followed by three years of supervised release.

    Hamza Bendelladj, a 27-year-old Algerian national that admitted last year to helping Panin develop and sell the kit, was arrested on January 5, 2013, at an airport in Bangkok, Thailand. He received a sentence of 15 years to be followed by three years of supervised release.

    U.S. Attorney John Horn said it’s difficult to overstate the significance of this case, not only in terms of bringing two prolific computer hackers to justice, but also in disrupting and preventing immeasurable financial losses to individuals and the financial industry around the world.

    Horn notes that SpyEye was the preeminent malware banking trojan from 2010 to 2012. It was allegedly used by cybercriminals to infect over 50 million computers and ultimately caused nearly $1 billion in financial harm to individuals and financial institutions around the world.

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,738   +3,757

    Trying to steal from the Pantheon of Theives (financial industry): First mistake.

    Committing crimes as a person of Non-Eastern origin: Second mistake.

    Not recognizing 1 & 2: Last mistake.
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  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Stay away from airports. Let this be a lesson to these types of people. Rather stowaway in the bilge tanks of a Russian icebreaker bound for the Antarctic where they can enjoy the fruits of their deviousness without constantly looking over their shoulders.
    psycros likes this.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,666   +1,951

    Well Done! They so deserve it!


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  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,350   +1,999

    Let's just hope the sentence included "with no access to any form of computer or data sharing device" or words to that effect!
  6. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,876   +1,297

    I think you mean non-Western. Of course, all of the most skilled mafia hackers are from Eastern Bloc territories so I'm not sure if your point is even relevant.
  7. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,738   +3,757

    It was a political comment implying they wouldn't have been pursued if they were from the Middle East. It was also a dig at the European press.
  8. Thrackerzod

    Thrackerzod TS Enthusiast Posts: 40   +30

    Misleading headline, they weren't sentenced to nearly 25 years in prison. You can't just add both of their sentences together.
    DAOWAce, Lionvibez and wastedkill like this.

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