Russian national pleaded guilty to cybercrime charges in the United States

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Russian national pleaded guilty to cybercrime charges in the United States
Russian national pleaded guilty to cybercrime charges in the United States

A Russian national who was extradited to the United States earlier this year from South Korea pleaded guilty to cybercrime.

The US Department of Justice announced on Thursday that a Russian national who was extradited to the US from South Korea earlier this year pleaded guilty to federal crimes stemming from his membership in a cybercrime organization.

Prosecutors allege that Vladimir Dunaev, 40, was a member of a cybercrime gang that used a computer banking trojan and ransomware suite known as “Trickbot.”

In the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Dunaev pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit cybercrimes like computer fraud and identity theft, as well as conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud.

When he is sentenced in March, he faces a maximum sentence of 35 years in jail on both counts.

On the same day that Russian embassy workers were granted access to Dunaev, Russia permitted the US ambassador to Moscow to visit detained Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich in jail.

A spokesperson for Russia’s foreign ministry claimed the visit to Gershkovich was “on a reciprocal basis,” implying that authorities were using Dunaev’s situation as diplomacy.

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