The District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan sentenced Russian citizen Alexander Grichishkin to five years in prison on December 1. The verdict was read by Judge Denise Page Hood, informs US Department of Justice. Earlier, 34-year-old Grichishkin pleaded guilty to cybercrimes.
Grichishkin was arrested in the United States in February 2020. According to investigators, he is one of the founders and leader of a hacker group that provided so-called “bulletproof” hosting, allowing customers to send malware without the risk of being blocked.
This hosting was used by hackers to organize cyberattacks on American financial institutions and US citizens between 2009 and 2015. Criminals distributed malicious software, formed botnets, and stole bank data, which were then used to steal money.
The hackers used the malware Zeus, SpyEye, Citadel and Blackhole Exploit Kit. They have caused or were about to cause millions of dollars in damage.
The court noted that Grichishkin helped hackers avoid detection by law enforcement agencies.
In March 2021, Grichishkin made a deal with the investigation.
On June 28, 2021, the verdict was passed to Grichishkin’s accomplice, a 30-year-old Estonian citizen Pavel Stassi. He received two years in prison. Another person involved in the case, a 33-year-old citizen of Lithuania, Alexander Skorodumov, was sentenced to four years in prison on October 20.
The fourth defendant, 34-year-old Russian Andrei Skvortsov, is awaiting sentencing. He faces 20 years in prison.
The investigation was conducted by FBI officers with the participation of law enforcement agencies in Germany, Estonia and the UK.
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