Barn Images A Russian man was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison on Tuesday by an Atlanta-based federal judge in Atlanta for using the financial malware known as Citadel.
According to federal prosecutors, Dimitry Belorossov, 22, of St. Petersburg, pleaded guilty last year to one count of conspiring to commit computer fraud while using the software to gain access to over 7,000 computer systems. He will also have to pay $322,409.09 in restitution.
The malware first appeared in 2011 as a “banking trojan” designed to target online banking details, credit card data, among other information. The government has dubbed it “one of the most advanced crimeware tools available in the underground market,” which lead to over $500 million in losses.
The case was brought in Georgia, as “at least one infected computer system” was located there.
As prosecutors wrote in a Tuesday statement:
In addition to operating a Citadel botnet, Belorossov also provided online assistance with the goal of developing suggested improvements to Citadel, including posting comments on criminal forums on the Internet and electronically communicating with other cybercriminals via email and instant…