Mastermind Behind Gozi Bank Malware Charged

The mastermind who designed and distributed the Gozi malware — infecting more than a million computers worldwide in order to steal banking and other credentials from tens of thousands of victims — has been charged in New York along with two co-conspirators, according to documents unsealed Wednesday.

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Authorities say the virus infected at least 40,000 computers in the U.S., including more than 160 computers belonging to NASA, and cost victims tens of millions of dollars in losses.

According to court documents, one command-and-control server for the Gozi virus stored more than 3,000 usernames of banking victims. In one case in Feb. 2012, a victim lost more than $200,000 siphoned from his bank account.

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