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02 November 2011, 09:31

Trojan-using criminal ringleaders jailed in UK

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Justice icon The UK's Metropolitan Police has announced that two Ukranian men have each been sentenced to four years and eight months imprisonment. The men, described by the police as the ringleaders of the plot, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to defraud; they used banking trojans to obtain confidential information on victims' bank accounts which was then used to remove funds from those accounts. One of the men, Yevhen Kullibaba, was based in the Ukraine and organised the obtaining of the information and identification of accounts to be attacked; the other man, Yurly Konovolenko, then carried out those instructions in the UK.

The police are unable to give a total amount stolen but estimate that the criminals attempted to remove over four million pounds, with known losses of nearly three million pounds. Operation Lath, as the investigation was codenamed, has now seen thirteen people jailed in the UK. The Metropolitan Police's Police Central e-Crime Unit has been working with UK banks, the FBI, US Department of Justice and other international law enforcement agencies.


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