Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hacker Faces Up to 5 Years in Prison

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hacker Faces Up to 5 Years in Prison

Article excerpt

Moldovan hacker Andrey Ghinkul, whose extradition was hailed last year by former U.S. Attorney David Hickton as an example of the Justice Department's commitment to bringing international cybercriminals to the U.S., pleaded guilty Wednesday to an internet ripoff scheme involving a local oil company and a school district.

Mr. Ghinkul, 31, admitted to being part of a conspiracy that operated the "Bugat" malware package. It used an email phishing scam to infect computers and steal some $3.5 million from Penneco Oil in Delmont and attempt to steal about $1 million from the Sharon City School District.

Mr. Ghinkul had been indicted here in 2015 and arrested in Cyprus last year while on vacation. He fought extradition all the way to that country's highest court but lost, and the FBI flew him to Pittsburgh to face the charges.

Mr. Ghinkul, known online as "Smilex," and his cohorts used their botnet to send out emails to unsuspecting targets. Once those emails were opened, the target computers were infected with malware designed to automatically steal information. …

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