Ruslans Bondars: Sentenced 14 Years
The same week that Jha, Norman, and White managed to avoid jail time, Latvian resident Ruslans Bondars was sentenced to 14 years in prison for running a service that helped criminal hackers check whether their malware was detectable by antivirus tools.
For a seven-year period between 2009 and 2016, Bondars' Scan4You service helped thousands of malware writers vet their tools against the latest malware detection products, especially those used by major retailers. Among those that used Scan4You were the operators of Citadel, a banking Trojan that caused financial institutions worldwide some $500 million in losses. The group responsible for the intrusion at Target, which ended up costing the retailer $292 million, was another Scan4You customer.
In May 2018, a federal jury convicted Bondars on charges of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and computer intrusion with the intent to case damage. On Sept. 21, a federal judge in Richmond, Va., sentenced Bondars to 14 years in prison for his offenses.
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