GozNym: In a collaborative sentencing effort, the US and the country of Georgia indicted three men responsible for using the GozNym malware to steal $100 million dollars. The three men, Krasimir Nikolov, Alexander Konolov, and Marat Kazandjian all received separate sentences that coincided with their roles within the network. Nikolov was the only one extradited to the US after being arrested in Bulgaria. While Georgian law prevented the other two men from being extradited to the US, Georgia did agree to prosecute the men in Georgia. After being found guilty by the court in Georgia, Konolov and Kazandjian were sentenced to prison. Operations by this group spanned several years, compromising more than 41,000 computers and draining many bank accounts. It all came crashing down in 2016 when Nikolov was arrested; he did not plead guilty until 2019.
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