Suspects of cybercrime are seen on the screen at the news conference to announce a major law enforcement action against a transnational organised cybercrime at the Europol's headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands, May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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United States and European police said Thursday that they have smashed a huge international cybercrime network that used Russian malware to steal $100 million from tens of thousands of victims worldwide. Prosecutions have been launched in Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the United States over the scam, while five Russians charged in the U.S. remain on the run, the EU police agency Europol said.The stolen money was then laundered in U.S. and other accounts.Konovolov recruited hackers who advertised their services on "Russian-speaking online criminal forums," and eventually controlled the malware-infected computers of more than 41,000 victims, Europol said.Europol announced the smashing of the Avalanche network in a major operation in 2016, saying that it had infected half a million computers in 188 countries.
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