Russian Pleads Guilty to Charge Related to Citadel Malware

A Russian man who helped develop and distribute malicious software designed to steal personal financial information has pleaded guilty to a computer fraud charge.

Mark Vartanyan entered the plea Monday in federal court in Atlanta after accomplishing a deal with prosecutors, who’ve agreed now not to seek extra than five years in prison.

Prosecutors say the 29-year-antique turned into worried inside the development, development, upkeep and distribution of citadel, which infects computer structures and steals economic and personal identity facts. Industry estimates indicate it inflamed about 11 million computer systems global, inflicting more than $500 million in losses.

Another Russian, Dimitry Belorossov, known as Rainerfox, was sentenced in September 2015 to serve 4 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from an ongoing investigation into Citadel

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