Czech Republic extradites two Ukrainians to US on suspicion of cybercrime

Source : 112 Ukraine

They face up to 20 years in prison
14:19, 7 March 2021

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The Czech Republic extradited two Ukrainian citizens suspected of cybercrime and money laundering to the United States. This was reported by Radio Prague with reference to the press secretary of the National Center for Combating Organized Crime Yaroslav Ibegei.

Investigators say the two were part of an organised crime group active in a number of states. The investigation into their activities has been conducted in cooperation with the FBI.

Related: Ukrainian hackers robbed European, American banks for $2.5 billion

Two Ukrainians were allegedly detained by the Czech police in February last year, and the extradition took place in early March. Both are currently in the United States. According to Ibegei, they face up to 20 years in prison.

As we reported earlier, National Coordination Centre of Cyber Security of Ukraine reported an attempt to conduct a hacker attack on the executive bodies in this country. Experts believe that hackers from the Russian Federation could be behind the activity.

According to the press office of the Centre, the culprits tried to "distribute malicious documents via the System of Digital Cooperation of Executive Bodies".

The National Security and Defense Council explained that hackers targeted information resources of executive authorities, since the document flow works thanks to this particular system.

Related: Microsoft blames Russian hackers for attack on Solarwinds company in March 2020


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