Four Eastern European nationals, including two Russians, have pleaded guilty to disseminating malware for cyberattacks on institutions and individuals in the United States, the US Department of Justice reports.
"Four Eastern European nationals have pleaded guilty to conspiring to engage in a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) arising from their providing "bulletproof hosting" services between 2008 and 2015, which were used by cybercriminals to distribute malware and attack financial institutions and victims throughout the United States," the statement said.
The statement mentions Aleksandr Grichishkin and Andrei Skvortsov of Russia as well as Aleksandr Skorodumov of Lithuania and Pavel Stassi of Estonia. Each one of them is facing up to 20 years of incarceration. Stassi will be sentenced on June 3, Skorodumov - on June 29, Grichishkin - on July 8, and Skvortsov will be sentenced on September 16 by the Eastern District Court of Michigan.
Meanwhile, the number of cyberattacks aimed at government agencies, critical infrastructure facilities and organizations in the private sector of Ukraine has increased in Ukraine. Ukrainians are urged to be vigilant and report all facts of possible cyberattacks to the special service.
"The Situational Cybersecurity Center of the SBU records an increase in the number of cyberattacks aimed at government bodies, critical infrastructure facilities and private sector organizations in Ukraine. Mainly hacker groups subordinate to the Russian special services have become more active," the message says.