A global organized cybercrime network that used malware GozNym to infect computers and steal 100 million USD from more than 41,000 institutions has been taken down - Georgia helped in the process.
The malware included various criminal services such as inaccessible hosting domains, encryption of malicious program, so-called spammers, technical support.
Small businesses, law firms, international corporations and non-profit organisations fell victim to the malware.
The BBC says ten members of the gang were charged in Pittsburgh, US on various offences, including stealing money and laundering those funds via US and foreign bank accounts.
Criminal persecution against the gang leader and his assistant is underway in Georgia while five Russian citizens are still at large including the person who developed the malware.
Other members of the network are persecuted in other countries. Namely:
An inaccessible hosting service administrator named Avalanche provided the gang with a reliable hosting service. It also served more than 200 cyber-criminals and approximately 20 malicious campaigns.