Two fugitives from a September cyber-arrest appeared in court Nov. 4 in Wisconsin.
Two men sought by the FBI on cyber-crime charges were picked up
recently by authorities, ending a month-long manhunt, according to
Dorin Codreanu and Lilian Adam, both originally from Moldova,
appeared in court Nov. 4 in Madison, Wisc., after being arrested a
day earlier, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.
Adam and Codreanu are accused of working as money mules for a
cyber-gang that used the Zeus Trojan to infect computers and swipe
online banking information.
In September, law enforcement officers arrested scores of suspected
members of the ring around the world. In New York, federal prosecutors
charged 37 people in connection with the crew, which is
alleged to have looted millions of
dollars compromised accounts.
According to the complaint, Codreanu served as both a money
mule and a manager for the organization who recruit two other mules
into the crew. Adam is alleged to have opened at least three accounts
into which roughly $14,620 was fraudulently wired from a victim's
account. Some $7,900 of that was withdrawn, the complaint states.
Despite the arrests, the Zeus Trojan remains one of the most
popular pieces of malware in the cyber-underground, security pros have said.
"Once again, it's very encouraging to see the computer cops fighting
the growing problem of cyber-crime," blogged Sophos Senior Technology
Consultant Graham Cluley. "Those involved in the Internet's criminal
underworld may be becoming more organised [sic] and international in
nature, but they are in danger of discovering that the punishments if
caught can be severe."