Latvian Malware Creator Pleads Guilty to Hacking Charges
John Williamson / 5 years ago
Deniss Calovskis is a Lativan man who helped code part of the Gozi virus and has finally accepted his role in the project during a court hearing. The virus was first discovered way back in 2007 but ran rampant for many years and supposedly infected over a million computers worldwide. During the court proceedings, Calovskis said:
“I knew what I was doing was against the law,”
The Lativan government originally resisted against the USA’s deportation request because they strongly believed the 60 year jail term did not qualify as “proportionate punishment”. However, after a prolonged and heated legal discussion, the Lativan government agree to deport Calovskis providing he only served a maximum of two years, and agreed not to appeal the result. Now a compromise has been achieved, the court hearing is scheduled for the 14th December. Controversially, it’s unknown if the 10 month term Calovskis spent in jail in Latvia counts towards his final jail time.
Calovskis and two other people are responsible for stealing millions of dollars from online bank accounts. One of his accomplices, Nikita Kuzmin has been in jail since 2011 in relation to hacking and fraud. Another individual called Mihai Ionut Paunescu is currently in the middle of an extradition dispute. At least the hackers are being brought to justice after long and drawn-out legal proceedings.
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